Lindsey Vonn feels no nerves, no pressure as World Championships start

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn “hated it” the last time the World Alpine Skiing Championships were in the U.S., in 1999 in Vail, Colo.

“I was a course worker, and I hated it because I had to wake up at four in the morning to get on the course and help preparing the slope,” Vonn said, according to the 2015 World Championships website.

Vonn, then known as Lindsey Kildow, was also mischievous.

The Denver Post in 2005:

When she was a promising racer for Ski Club Vail, Lindsey Kildow went to a local ski shop with her dad, bought a replica U.S. Ski Team uniform and passed herself off as a team member during the 1999 world alpine championships.

“It was really cool,” recalls Kildow, who was 14 during those world championships. “I actually got into the finish corral. ‘I don’t have my credential, I’m on the ski team, see my uniform?’ I got all these autographs. It was pretty funny.”

The autographs included one from Bode Miller, according to the Washington Post.

There’s no mistaking Vonn as the star of the World Championships in their return to Vail (and Beaver Creek) the next two weeks.

Vonn, who broke the women’s World Cup wins record last month, got the nerves out of the way with her first downhill training run on a windy Raptor course Monday afternoon.

“It’s a different feeling than I expected,” Vonn said on Eurosport. “I’m much more relaxed than I anticipated.”

She was fourth fastest in the first of three scheduled training runs before Friday’s downhill race, .62 behind countrywoman Stacey Cook.

“Today, the times really don’t matter at all,” Vonn, who stood up and slowed before crossing the finish, said on Eurosport. “It’s just a matter of getting a good run on the hill and kind of getting a feeling for the downhill. … I was definitely taking it easy.”

Vonn’s first medal event of the World Championships will be Tuesday’s super-G, the same race where she crashed at the 2013 World Championships, requiring the first of two knee surgeries that forced her to miss the Sochi Olympics. She is a gold-medal favorite.

“I’m not nervous,” Vonn said on Eurosport. “I don’t feel pressure.”

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Noah Lyles clips Trayvon Bromell in personal best at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix


Noah Lyles got his 2023 off to a personal-best start, beating Trayvon Bromell in a photo finish in the 60m at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Boston on Saturday.

Lyles, the world 200m champion, ran 6.51 seconds. Bromell, the world 100m bronze medalist, also ran 6.51. Lyles prevailed by two thousandths of a second.

“I’ve been waiting on this for a long time,” Lyles, whose personal best was 6.55, told Lewis Johnson on NBC. “We’re not just coming for the 200m world record. We’re coming for all the world records.”

Lyles is running the 60m to better his start as he bids to add the 100m to his 200m slate come the outdoor season that starts in the spring.

Grant Holloway extended a near-nine-year, 50-plus-race win streak in the 60m hurdles, clocking 7.38 seconds, nine hundredths off his world record. Olympic teammate Daniel Roberts was second in 7.46. Trey Cunningham, who took silver behind Holloway in the 110m hurdles at last July’s world outdoor championships, was fifth in 7.67.

Aleia Hobbs won the women’s 60m in 7.02 seconds, one week after clocking a personal-best 6.98 to become the third-fastest American in history after Gail Devers and Marion Jones (both 6.95). Hobbs, 26, placed sixth in the 100m at last July’s world championships.

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, the Olympic and world 400m hurdles champion competing for the first time since August, and Jamaican Shericka Jackson, the world 200m champion, were ninth and 10th in the 60m heats, just missing the eight-woman final.

In the women’s pole vault, Bridget Williams, seventh at last year’s USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, upset the last two Olympic champions — American Katie Moon and Greek Katerina Stefanidi. Williams won with a 4.63-meter clearance (and then cleared 4.71 and a personal-best 4.77). Stefanidi missed three attempts at 4.63, while Moon went out at 4.55.

The indoor track and field season continues with the Millrose Games in New York City next Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on NBC,, the NBC Sports app and Peacock.

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Birk Irving, last man on Olympic team, extends breakout season with Mammoth win


One year ago, Birk Irving was the last man to make the four-man U.S. Olympic ski halfpipe team. Since, he continued to climb the ranks in arguably the nation’s strongest discipline across skiing and snowboarding.

Irving earned his second World Cup win this season, taking the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, on Friday.

Irving posted a 94-point final run, edging Canadian Brendan Mackay by one point. David Wise, the two-time Olympic champion who won his fifth X Games Aspen title last Sunday, was third.

A tribute was held to 2015 World champion Kyle Smaine, a U.S. halfpipe skier who died in an avalanche in Japan last Sunday.

“We’re all skiing the best we have because we’re all skiing with Kyle in our hearts,” Irving said, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard. “We’re skiing for him, and we know he’s looking down on us. We miss you Kyle. We love you. Thank you for keeping us safe in the pipe today.”

Irving also won the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado, on Dec. 17. Plus, the 23-year-old from Colorado had his best career X Games Aspen finish last Sunday, taking second.

The next major event is the world championships in Georgia (the country, not the state) in early March. Irving was third at the last worlds in 2021, then fifth at the Olympics last February.

The U.S. has been the strongest nation in men’s ski halfpipe since it debuted at the Olympics in 2014. Wise won the first two gold medals. Alex Ferreira won silver and bronze at the last two Olympics. Aaron Blunck is a world champion and X Games champion.

Irving is younger than all of them and has beaten all of them at multiple competitions this season.

New Zealand’s Nico Porteous, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, hasn’t competed since the Games after undergoing offseason knee surgery.

In snowboarding events at Mammoth, Americans Julia Marino and Lyon Farrell earned slopestyle wins by posting the top qualification scores. The finals were canceled due to wind.

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