Lindsey Vonn‘s quest to tie or break the record for women’s World Cup wins this weekend got off to an inauspicious start.
She became ill and temporarily lost her luggage before races in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, on Saturday and Sunday. Vonn, who owns 61 World Cup wins, can break the career record of 62 held by retired Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell.
The 2010 Olympic downhill champion said she had a sore throat and headaches and couldn’t hear her ears in interviews while at a training run Thursday.
She tweeted that she arrived in Europe on Tuesday but didn’t get her luggage until Thursday.
In December, Vonn won two of her first four races in her comeback from two major knee surgeries to move within a single victory of Moser-Proell’s record.
Vonn raced five previous times at Bad Kleinkirchheim, never finishing better than fourth in two stops in 2006 and 2012.
She’ll ski a downhill Saturday (5:30 a.m. ET) and a super-G Sunday (5:15 a.m.). Vonn hasn’t won in her last five World Cup super-G races, dating to Dec. 8, 2012, before she crashed at the February 2013 World Championships, suffering her first major knee injury.
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Here’s an infographic on Vonn’s pursuit courtesy of Red Bull Media House:
2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.
Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.
Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.
Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.
Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.
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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.
Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.
Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.
She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.
Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.
The World Cup moves to Poland next week.
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