Lindsey Vonn missed the first five-race winning streak of her career by one hundredth of a second.
Vonn took second behind Swiss Lara Gut in a World Cup super combined in Val d’Isere, France, on Friday. Full results are here.
Vonn entered the afternoon slalom run with a .38 lead over Gut with the fastest time in the morning downhill.
But Gut, better at speed events like Vonn, put down a blistering slalom — fifth-fastest of the day — to pressure Vonn, the last racer to go.
Vonn, who said before the race she would “wing it” on slalom with about two days of training in her least-favorite discipline, nonetheless had the ninth-fastest slalom run out of 33 finishers.
Vonn leaned at the finish line, saw the +.01 on the scoreboard and leaned her head back as she slowed down. She playfully jabbed third-place Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser and smiled at Gut in the finish area.
“I could analyze myself all day long, and I could find a hundredth on every single turn, but you know I gave it my best shot, and I think considering how much slalom I’ve trained, which is pretty much nothing, I think it was a really good performance,” Vonn said, according to media in Val d’Isere. “So, I’m happy with it. Maybe one hundredth faster would’ve been nice, but you know, you win and lose by hundredths all the time, so it’s just part of the sport.”
Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, previously won two downhills, one super-G and one giant slalom this month. She skipped last Sunday’s World Cup slalom in Are, Sweden.
Vonn last won a super combined on Jan. 27, 2012, a little more than one year before the first of two major knee surgeries that kept her from defending her Olympic downhill title in Sochi.
Vonn will take another shot at her 72nd World Cup win in a Val d’Isere downhill on Saturday.
Vonn leads the World Cup overall standings by 102 points over Gut and is a huge favorite to take the overall title this season — the biggest prize this winter given no Olympics or World Championships.
The last two women to take the overall title — Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Austrian Anna Fenninger — are sitting out this season. Vonn’s top rival for the crown going into the season, Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin, is unlikely to race again this season after a crash Saturday.