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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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

Derrick Mein

Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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