By Gary R. Blockus | Jan. 19, 2018, 9:15 a.m. (ET)
(L-R) Lindsey Vonn (second, Sofia Goggia of Italy (first) and Mikaela Shiffrin (third) celebrate on the podium at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women's downhill on Jan. 19, 2018 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

 

The weekend got off to a good start for Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin.

Two-time Olympic medalist Vonn made her first world cup podium of the new year and second of the season, while world cup overall leader Shiffrin added her 15th podium of the season as the Americans finished 2-3 in a women’s downhill race in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Italy’s Soffia Goggia took the win with a time of 1 minute, 36.45 seconds, becoming only the second Italian woman to win back-to-back downhill world cups after having also won last week in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria.

Vonn, who was the top qualifier in training, was second at 1:36.92 to claim her first downhill podium of the season and her second podium since winning super-G last month in Val d’Isere, France.

The 22-year-old Shiffrin, who leads the world cup overall, slalom and giant slalom standings, continued her breakout season in speed events by finishing third in 1:37.29.

Friday’s race was also noteworthy as Julia Mancuso, the most decorated U.S. Olympic women’s alpine skier with four medals, skied in a Captain Marvel suit and a red cape around her neck in her final race before retirement.

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Vonn, 33, the all-time women’s world cup wins leader with 78, has dominated the sport but had worse luck when it comes to the Olympics, having missed the 2014 Games due to injury and being limited with injuries in 2006 and 2010. She goes into next month’s Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 looking to add to the downhill gold medal and super-G bronze medal she won in 2010.

Shiffrin, meanwhile, is still in the early stages of a career than many believe will one-day rival Vonn’s. The 2014 Olympic slalom champ won the world cup overall title last season, and now she’s added the speed events to her repertoire. Friday’s result marked her third downhill podium, all three of which have come this season. With world cup wins this season in downhill, giant slalom and slalom, Shiffrin has a commanding lead on the overall standings.

Also for Team USA, Jackie Wiles was in seventh going 1:37.58, and Alice McKennis was in 11th in 1:38.27. Laurenne Ross was 17th, Stacey Cook 20th and Breezy Johnson 22nd. Mancuso clocked in last.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.