Lindsey Vonn grabs 70th World Cup win with weekend sweep

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Lindsey Vonn completed a weekend sweep of races in Lake Louise, Alberta, and reached 70 career World Cup wins with a historically dominant super-G performance Sunday.

Vonn prevailed on her favorite course, where she’s now won 18 times in 41 starts, by 1.32 seconds. It’s the largest margin of victory in a women’s World Cup super-G anywhere since March 7, 1997, according to ski-db.com.

Austrians Tamara Tippler and Cornelia Huetter were second and third. Full results are here.

“I feel like there were some people that doubted whether I could win today, and especially because Lara [Gut] had won the last couple races here in super-G,” Vonn said, according to media in Lake Louise. “And also my technician made some bets with people, so I felt a little bit like I had to come through.”

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion, also grabbed downhills Friday and Saturday in Lake Louise. She’s closer to the overall World Cup wins record of 86 held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark. Vonn also broke the record for most World Cup super-G wins with her 25th, passing retired Austrian Hermann Maier.

Vonn has swept the three weekend Lake Louise races three times in the last five seasons, though this three-peat was her first since season-ending knee surgeries in 2013 and 2014 that kept her from the Sochi Olympics.

Countrywoman Mikaela Shiffrin finished 15th, 2.29 seconds behind, in her World Cup speed event debut. She shrugged after her time came up in the finish area.

“Mission accomplished,” Shiffrin said, according to media in Lake Louise. “In the back of my head I was thinking, I’ll get points [top 30], but maybe a top 15. So by holding in 15th, that’s a really good day.

“First time on that hill ever, and I don’t ever want to leave,” said Shiffrin, who received a course report from Vonn before taking her run 17 minutes after Vonn. “I can see why Lindsey loves this place.”

Shiffrin, the Olympic slalom champion and World Cup giant slalom winner, ceded her World Cup overall standings lead to Vonn by four points. Vonn entered the weekend with zero World Cup points.

Shiffrin and Vonn are expected to have a close race for the overall title, the largest prize in the sport this season with no Olympics or World Championships.

The women’s World Cup season continues with a giant slalom and slalom in Are, Sweden, next weekend.

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Joey Mantia extends U.S. medal streak at speed skating worlds; Dutch dominance returns

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Joey Mantia ensured the host U.S. finished with a medal at the world single distances championships. Ireen WüstKjeld Nuis and Jorrit Bergsma ensured the Netherlands finished atop the medal standings.

Mantia joined Shani Davis as the only U.S. men to earn individual medals at three different editions of the championships, taking bronze in the 1500m on the last day of the speed skating meet at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Mantia won the mass start at the last two worlds in 2017 and 2019 (and finished fifth on Sunday, after the 1500m bronze).

Mantia clocked a personal best 1:42.16 in the fifth of 12 pairs of the 1500m. It held up until Nuis (1:41.66) and countryman Thomas Krol (1:41.73) in the last two pairs.

Mantia’s medal extended the U.S. streak of making the podium at every world championships this millennium — 16 straight. The single bronze is the smallest medal output since 2000.

Full results are here.

Wüst and Nuis gave the Dutch a sweep of the men’s and women’s 1500m titles, two years after they did the same at the PyeongChang Olympics. Bergsma, an Olympic and world 10,000m champion, earned his first global medal of any color — gold — in the 16-lap mass start.

The Netherlands failed to earn any golds on the first two days of the four-day competition. The dominant Dutch, who topped the medal standings at every Olympics and worlds dating to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, entered Sunday trailing Russia.

But Wüst began the day by clocking 1:50.92 to win the 1500m by .21 over Russian Yevgenia Lalenkova. American medal hope Brittany Bowe, the 2015 World champion who took bronze last year, finished 14th a day after taking eighth in her world-record 1000m distance.

Nuis and Krol went one-two in the men’s 1500m to tie Russia’s medal total. Then Irene Schouten took bronze in the women’s mass start to put the Netherlands ahead for good, followed by Bergsma’s capper.

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Netherlands on the board; more world records at speed skating worlds

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It took four world records from other countries before the Netherlands won its first title in an Olympic program event at the world single distances speed skating championships.

Jutta Leerdam got the dominant skating nation on the board on the third day of the four-day competition and in the ninth Olympic program event. Leerdam scored an upset over defending champion and world-record holder Brittany Bowe, the American who ended up eighth.

Leerdam, 21, prevailed despite having zero World Cup podiums to her name. She clocked 1:11.84, just .23 slower than Bowe’s world record set on the same Utah Olympic Oval last year. Bowe, who recently had her yearlong win streak snapped in the 1000m, finished in 1:12.92.

“It’s a nightmare,” Bowe said, according to media on site.

Later, the Netherlands won the men’s team pursuit in a world record 3:34.68, the fifth world record in Olympic events the last two days on the world’s fastest ice at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Full results are here.

The world championships conclude Sunday, highlighted by American Joey Mantia defending his world title in the mass start.

In other Saturday events, both the men’s 1000m and women’s 5000m world records fell. On Friday, world records were lowered in the men’s 10,000m and women’s team pursuit.

Pavel Kulizhnikov followed his Friday world 500m title with the 1000m crown, repeating his double gold from 2016. Kulizhnikov was one of the Russians banned from the PyeongChang Olympics after he served a prior doping ban.

On Saturday, Kulizhnikov clocked 1:05.69 to take .49 off Dutchman Kjeld Nuis‘ record from last March, also set at Salt Lake City. Nuis, the Olympic 1000m and 1500m champion, took silver, 1.03 seconds behind.

Russian Natalya Voronina and Czech Martina Sablikova both went under Sablikova’s world record in the 5000m. Voronina came out on top in 6:39.02, 2.99 seconds faster than Sablikova’s record from a year ago and 2.16 seconds faster than Sablikova on Saturday.

Voronina’s time would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1993. Sablikova won the previous 10 world titles in the event dating to 2007.

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