Lindsey Vonn gets airborne, skis out of Val d’Isère downhill

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Lindsey Vonn was on pace for a record-tying victory, skiing faster than anybody else, when a brief loss of control ended her day.

Vonn hit a bump midway through a World Cup downhill race in Val d’Isère, France, her left ski went airborne, her leg parallel to the ground, and she eventually landed and skied safely off the course for a DNF.

That ended her bid for a record-extending 72nd World Cup win and record-tying 36th downhill victory.

Instead, Swiss Lara Gut prevailed for a second straight day, after taking a super combined by .01 of a second over Vonn on Friday. Here are Saturday’s results.

Vonn was .13 faster than Gut at the first split time Saturday and looking to match Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll‘s record of 36 World Cup downhill wins. Last season, Vonn broke Moser-Pröll’s career wins record of 62.

Now, Vonn’s sights are set on the men’s record of 86 held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark. She’s already won four times this season.

Gut’s victory Saturday moved her within two points of Vonn in the standings for the World Cup overall title — the biggest prize this season with no Olympics or World Championships.

Vonn and Gut head to Courchevel, France, for a giant slalom Sunday.

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