Lindsey Vonn loses ski, crashes out of downhill race (video)


Lindsey Vonn lost her right ski coming around a turn, crashing and sliding down the race course for about 10 seconds before coming to a stop, getting up and standing and gliding down the mountain on her own power in a World Cup downhill Friday.

“I was getting a little bit bounced by the ice there, and I was a little bit inside of my body position, and my ski just came off,” Vonn told media in La Thuile, Italy. “Besides the weather, that’s the one thing that you can’t control. I did my job. … I was just more pissed than anything else. … The whole thing is a little bit perplexing to me. Normally, none of this should happen.”

Vonn was faster than race winner Lara Gut at the first split time before she crashed about halfway down the course and failed to finish.

“I’ll probably be pretty bruised,” Vonn said. “I slid on my hip for quite a ways. It’s all right. No one’s going to see it.”

The Swiss Gut prevailed by 1.02 seconds over Austrian Cornelia Huetter, with Italian Nadia Fanchini third. Full results are here.

Gut overtook Vonn as the standings leader for the World Cup overall title, the biggest prize in the sport this season with no Olympics or World Championships.

It’s a 13-point advantage with one month left this season. Race winners receive 100 points, with a descending points award for each of the top 30 finishers.

Vonn is slated this weekend for two more chances to add to her 76 World Cup wins (and chase the record of 86 wins held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark) with a downhill and a super-G in La Thuile on Saturday and Sunday.

The races will air live on NBC Sports Live Extra. NBC will also air coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.

“I only made it halfway down, so my legs are pretty fresh,” Vonn said.

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Coco Gauff into French Open quarterfinals, where Iga Swiatek may await

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Coco Gauff swept into the French Open quarterfinals, where she could play Iga Swiatek in a rematch of last year’s final.

Gauff, the sixth seed, beat 100th-ranked Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 7-5, 6-2 in the fourth round. She next plays Swiatek or 66th-ranked Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, who meet later Monday.

Gauff earned a 37th consecutive win over a player ranked outside the top 50, dating to February 2022. She hasn’t faced a player in the world top 60 in four matches at Roland Garros, but the degree of difficulty is likely to ratchet up in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

Swiatek won all 12 sets she’s played against Gauff, who at 19 is the only teenager in the top 49 in the world.

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Also Monday, No. 7 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia dispatched 36th-ranked American Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-1, breaking all eight of Pera’s service games.

Jabeur, runner-up at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, has now reached the quarterfinals of all four majors.

Jabeur next faces 14th-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia, who won 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5 over Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, who played on a protected ranking of 68. Haddad Maia became the second Brazilian woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the Open Era (since 1968) after Maria Bueno, who won seven majors from 1959-1966.

Pera, a 28 year-old born in Croatia, was the oldest U.S. singles player to make the fourth round of a major for the first time since Jill Craybas at 2005 Wimbledon. Her defeat left Gauff as the lone American singles player remaining out of the 35 entered in the main draws.

The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.

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U.S. earns first three-peat in Para hockey world championship history

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The U.S. trounced rival Canada 6-1 to become the first nation to three-peat in world Para hockey championship history.

Tournament MVP Declan Farmer scored twice, and Josh Misiewicz, David Eustace, Jack Wallace and Kevin McKee added goals. Jen Lee made eight saves in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on Sunday.

Farmer, who had nine goals in five games for the tournament, also scored twice in Paralympic final wins over Canada in 2018 and 2022 and the last world championship final against Canada in 2021. Farmer, 25, already owns the career national team record of more than 250 points.

The U.S. beat Canada in a third consecutive world final dating to 2019, but this was the most lopsided gold-medal game in championship history. The U.S. also won the last four Paralympic titles dating to 2010.

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