A mentally tired Lindsey Vonn made the podium for the second straight day Sunday and was reminded again of her Facebook video gaffe, but has now gone four straight speed races without a win.
Vonn took third in a World Cup super-G in La Thuile, Italy, after placing second in a downhill Saturday and crashing out of a downhill Friday.
She came to the Italian Alps with 76 World Cup wins, 10 behind record-holder Ingemar Stenmark, and leaves on the same number.
“I’m really happy with the weekend, all in all,” Vonn, who won eight of the first nine speed races this season, told media in La Thuile. “I think, maybe, at the beginning of the season, because I was winning so often, everyone thought it was really easy, and it’s really not easy.”
On Sunday, Vonn was slower than winner Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein at every split time and ultimately by .64 of a second at the finish. She ceded time losing balance coming around one turn, forced to dig her left hand into the ground to stay upright. At the end, Vonn shrugged and gave a cursory wave to the crowd after seeing her time.
Swiss Lara Gut placed second, .57 back, cutting Vonn’s lead to 23 points in the standings for the World Cup overall title, the biggest prize in the sport this season with no Olympics or World Championships.
Vonn said she was mentally tired from the weekend, which included briefly posting and then deleting a video of her hammering her broken ski following a Friday crash.
On Sunday, MC Hammer‘s “U Can’t Touch This” played over loud speakers at the bottom of the course after she finished.
“There’s a lot of jokes out now, but I did it to myself,” Vonn said, laughing. “Pretty much everyone’s making jokes about it. There’s a lot of jokes one can make with a hammer.”
With 11 more races scheduled this season, it’s likely the overall title will be decided at the World Cup Finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland, from March 16-20.
The World Cup schedule continues with a parallel slalom in Stockholm on Tuesday, which Vonn plans to race, according to the U.S. Ski Team. Vonn hasn’t raced a slalom since Jan. 27, 2013. It is her worst discipline, but even a few points gained by a low finish Tuesday could be crucial in the World Cup overall standings.
Vonn and Gut are expected to race in a super-G and super combined in Andorra next weekend.