Despite missing a significant portion of the season with an intestinal illness and an injured knee, Lindsey Vonn managed to win her sixth straight World Cup downhill title earlier this week after the finale was canceled due to fog.
“Coming back from that and then going to Lake Louise and pulling off those wins was very, very impressive,” U.S. women’s coach Alex Hoedlmoser told the Associated Press. “It’s really cool to see actually that she’s going to get the reward with the globe.”
Vonn hadn’t raced since blowing out her knee at the world championships five weeks ago, but still retained her downhill title by a single point over Tina Maze after winning three of the season’s seven downhill races. Maze, who won the overall title and broke the season points record, was likely frustrated after the weather ended her chances at becoming the first woman to sweep all five season disciplines, but she still saluted Lindsey on Twitter:
“I guess the DH globe belongs to someone else,” Maze wrote. “Congratulation Lindsey!”
Vonn’s victory earned her a 17th Crystal Globe, evening her up with all-time great Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria, who won four overall titles, 13 discipline titles, and an Olympic gold in her eleven-year career. Vonn now sits only three victories behind Moser-Proell’s career wins record of 62.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.
Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.