Lindsey Vonn wins No. 69, screams love for ‘Lake Lindsey’

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Lindsey Vonn crossed the finish line at a course nicknamed “Lake Lindsey” with a one-second lead and screamed.

“I love this place!” she yelled.

Vonn won her 69th career World Cup race and 17th at her favorite course in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Saturday. Swiss Fabienne Suter was second, 1.05 back, followed by Austrian Cornelia Huetter.

The four-time World Cup overall champion prevailed in a downhill for the second straight day. She has now won 17 times in 40 career starts at Lake Louise, extending her record for one skier at one venue.

“I still don’t think I’m quite to the form that I was in 2012, the season that I won the four titles [World Cup overall, downhill, super-G and super combined titles],” Vonn told media in Lake Louise. “I was so confident in all disciplines. I feel like I’m pretty confident right now, but I think I could still be better, but I’m still happy with where I am.”

Vonn, who broke the women’s World Cup career wins record last season, is inching closer to the overall record of 86 victories held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark.

She will go for win No. 70 in a Lake Louise super-G on Sunday on NBC Sports Live Extra at 1 p.m. ET. Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin will also race the super-G in her World Cup speed event debut.

Justin Schoenefeld gets U.S.’ first men’s aerials World Cup win in 4 years

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Justin Schoenefeld ended a four-year U.S. men’s aerials drought with his first World Cup win Saturday in Belarus.

Schoenfeld, 21, hit a double full-full-full in the super final to beat a field that included world champion Maxim Burov of Russia. Burov was fourth, one spot behind another American, Chris Lillis. Full results are here.

“I’m pretty speechless right now,” Schoenefeld said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “I’m just shocked. It just all came so quick, all of a sudden the two finals were over, and I was on top of the podium. I probably landed two of my training jumps yesterday, but I managed to land all of my comp jumps down to my feet.”

Schoenefeld’s best previous World Cup finish was fourth, in Belarus last season.

Lillis earned the U.S.’ last World Cup men’s aerials victory on Feb. 20, 2016, also in Belarus. The four-year gap between wins marked the longest for the U.S. men since aerials was added as an Olympic medal sport in 1994.

Schoenefeld also became the first American of either gender to win a World Cup aerials event in two years, since Kiley McKinnon on Jan. 6, 2018. That gap was the longest for the U.S. since 2005.

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Kaillie Humphries wins bobsled world title in first season for U.S.

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Two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries won a bobsled world title in her first season since switching allegiance from Canada to the U.S., ending recent German dominance.

Humphries, with brakewoman Lauren Gibbs, edged German junior world champ Kim Kalicki by .37 of a second combining times from four runs between Friday and Saturday in Altenberg, Germany.

“I love this track. It’s very challenging, one of the hardest in the world,” Humphries said, according to U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton. “It demands a lot of focus, a lot of respect every minute you’re on that track. So to be able to win here, I know the Germans and the spectators, everybody, have worked so hard and this week, no exceptions. I’m proud of all of the girls.”

Canadian Christine de Bruin took bronze for a second straight year. Full results are here.

Humphries, who married a former U.S. bobsledder, was released by Canada in September after filing verbal abuse and harassment claims against a coach, saying she no longer felt safe with the program. As a Canadian, Humphries won 2010 and 2014 Olympic titles, plus 2012 and 2013 World titles.

Humphries joined German Sandra Kiriasis as the only female drivers to win three world titles. She is already the only female driver with multiple Olympic titles.

German Mariama Jamanka, the reigning Olympic champion and defending world champion, finished fourth in Altenberg.

Triple U.S. Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor didn’t compete as she sits out the season due to pregnancy. Meyers Taylor and Gibbs teamed for silver in PyeongChang.

The world championships continue Sunday with the conclusion of the two-man competition. German Francesco Friedrich, eyeing his sixth straight world title, leads after the first two of four runs.

A full TV and live stream schedule is here.

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