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Lindsey Vonn falls in super-G, second time in Lake Louise

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After her scary downhill crash from Friday, Lindsey Vonn, an 18-time winner at Lake Louise, again lost control on the once friendly slopes, this time in the super-G on Sunday.

Fourth out of the gate, Vonn lost her balance 30 seconds into her run, posting another DNF for the weekend.

Vonn spoke before the start of Sunday’s race regarding the lingering effects of Friday’s crash.

“I’m just trying to get the swelling down,” Vonn explained. “Definitely my meniscus took a pretty big hit on Friday.”

On Saturday she was able to race to a 12th place finish in the second running of the downhill, finishing less than a second behind the winner, and U.S. teammate, Mikaela Shiffrin.

Sunday’s super-G concluded with Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein winning her first race at Lake Louise finishing in 1 minute, 18.52 seconds. Switzerland’s Lara Gut, winner of last year’s super-G, finished second in 1:18.63 and Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria was in third at 1:18.79.

Shiffrin impressed finishing in fifth.

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Surprise winner as Lindsey Vonn skis out of world championships super-G

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Lindsey Vonn‘s first race of the world championships lasted about 40 seconds, as she nearly lost a ski pole, and ended with a DNF.

Vonn, showing she’s still recovering from breaking her right upper arm in November, struggled to hold onto her right ski pole early in her super-G run and skied off course, but didn’t crash, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

She was .02 behind Austrian winner Nicole Schmidhofer at her last split time before skiing out.

“I was definitely distracted for about five gates there, I couldn’t get my pole back,” Vonn said on NBCSN, adding that she’ll duct tape her hand to her pole for her final two races this week. “I didn’t know whether I should just drop it or keep trying to get it, but I kind of had a little bit of a grip on it.”

Schmidhofer was the surprise gold medalist by .33 over Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather, who both earned their first Olympic or world medals. Pre-race favorite Lara Gut of Switzerland took bronze, .36 behind.

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Vonn, who bagged super-G bronze at the 2010 Olympics and 2015 Worlds, isn’t 100 percent back from breaking her right upper arm in a Nov. 10 training crash. She called it the most painful injury of her career and said Sunday that her right hand movement was so limited that she couldn’t put her hair in a ponytail.

“I was attacking, and at world championships only a medal counts,” Vonn, who returned to race three weeks ago, said on NBCSN. “I’m still in a good mood, I’m still smiling, because I attacked.”

Vonn will next compete in the super combined on Friday, but her best medal shot is in the downhill on Sunday. Vonn said she’s had about four days of super-G training since September, with more recent experience in downhill in that time, including a World Cup win Jan. 21.

Austrian Anna Veith, the reigning Olympic and world super-G champion, also failed to finish Tuesday, skiing out about one minute into her run after being .17 back at her last split time. Veith is coming back from tearing the ACL and patellar tendon in her right knee in an Oct. 21, 2015 crash.

Winner Schmidhofer and silver medalist Weirather share a bit of history. At the 2007 World Junior Championships, they also went one-two in the super-G.

Both Schmidhofer and Weirather were at the Sochi Olympics, but neither raced.

Schmidhofer was passed over for Olympic downhill and super-G selections after training runs, as nations can enter no more than four racers per event and Austria’s team is very deep. Schmidhofer also made the Vancouver Olympic team and failed to finish her only race there. The 27-year-old has never won a World Cup race in 106 starts, but owns two podium finishes.

Weirather, the daughter of Olympic and world champion ski racers, crashed in a Sochi Olympic downhill training run, suffering a right knee injury that ended her season. She tore her right ACL three times but has somehow won six World Cup races.

Gut has won three of the four World Cup super-Gs this season, and is Switzerland’s biggest skiing star as the reigning World Cup overall champion. She came to worlds with five previous Olympic or world championships medals, but none of them gold. The super-G was her best shot, but she’s also a medal threat in the super combined, downhill and giant slalom.

“I couldn’t really ski the way I wanted,” Gut said. “I had a little bit of a fight on the slope.”

The World Championships continue with the men’s super-G on Wednesday (6 a.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

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Lindsey Vonn reminded of Facebook gaffe at super-G finish (video)

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A mentally tired Lindsey Vonn made the podium for the second straight day Sunday and was reminded again of her Facebook video gaffe, but has now gone four straight speed races without a win.

Vonn took third in a World Cup super-G in La Thuile, Italy, after placing second in a downhill Saturday and crashing out of a downhill Friday.

She came to the Italian Alps with 76 World Cup wins, 10 behind record-holder Ingemar Stenmark, and leaves on the same number.

“I’m really happy with the weekend, all in all,” Vonn, who won eight of the first nine speed races this season, told media in La Thuile. “I think, maybe, at the beginning of the season, because I was winning so often, everyone thought it was really easy, and it’s really not easy.”

On Sunday, Vonn was slower than winner Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein at every split time and ultimately by .64 of a second at the finish. She ceded time losing balance coming around one turn, forced to dig her left hand into the ground to stay upright. At the end, Vonn shrugged and gave a cursory wave to the crowd after seeing her time.

Swiss Lara Gut placed second, .57 back, cutting Vonn’s lead to 23 points in the standings for the World Cup overall title, the biggest prize in the sport this season with no Olympics or World Championships.

Full Sunday results are here.

Vonn said she was mentally tired from the weekend, which included briefly posting and then deleting a video of her hammering her broken ski following a Friday crash.

On Sunday, MC Hammer‘s “U Can’t Touch This” played over loud speakers at the bottom of the course after she finished.

“There’s a lot of jokes out now, but I did it to myself,” Vonn said, laughing. “Pretty much everyone’s making jokes about it. There’s a lot of jokes one can make with a hammer.”

With 11 more races scheduled this season, it’s likely the overall title will be decided at the World Cup Finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland, from March 16-20.

The World Cup schedule continues with a parallel slalom in Stockholm on Tuesday, which Vonn plans to race, according to the U.S. Ski Team. Vonn hasn’t raced a slalom since Jan. 27, 2013. It is her worst discipline, but even a few points gained by a low finish Tuesday could be crucial in the World Cup overall standings.

Vonn and Gut are expected to race in a super-G and super combined in Andorra next weekend.

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