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.
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls get a taste of Paris in this week’s episode of Top Chef World All-Stars, premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
Olympic medalists Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Suni Lee and Paralympic medalists Mallory Weggemann and Hunter Woodhall team up with contestants for a cooking challenge in front of the Eiffel Tower, one year before the French capital hosts the Games.
Olympians have appeared on Top Chef before.
A 2020 episode set at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Coliseum included Diana Taurasi, Rai Benjamin, Nastia Liukin, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Christian Coleman and Kerri Walsh Jennings.
A January 2018 episode featured figure skater Meryl Davis, freeskier Gus Kenworthy and skeleton slider John Daly, one month before the PyeongChang Winter Games.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.