Lindsey Vonn falls in super-G, second time in Lake Louise

1 Comment

After her scary downhill crash from Friday, Lindsey Vonn, an 18-time winner at Lake Louise, again lost control on the once friendly slopes, this time in the super-G on Sunday.

Fourth out of the gate, Vonn lost her balance 30 seconds into her run, posting another DNF for the weekend.

Vonn spoke before the start of Sunday’s race regarding the lingering effects of Friday’s crash.

“I’m just trying to get the swelling down,” Vonn explained. “Definitely my meniscus took a pretty big hit on Friday.”

On Saturday she was able to race to a 12th place finish in the second running of the downhill, finishing less than a second behind the winner, and U.S. teammate, Mikaela Shiffrin.

Sunday’s super-G concluded with Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein winning her first race at Lake Louise finishing in 1 minute, 18.52 seconds. Switzerland’s Lara Gut, winner of last year’s super-G, finished second in 1:18.63 and Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria was in third at 1:18.79.

Shiffrin impressed finishing in fifth.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Mikaela Shiffrin wins first downhill; Lindsey Vonn 12th (video)

Lara Gut-Behrami wins Killington giant slalom, and the overall title race may be on

Lara Gut-Behrami
Getty
0 Comments

Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami rallied from third place after the first run for her 35th career World Cup victory, taking a giant slalom in Killington, Vermont, on Saturday.

Gut-Behrami, 31, earned her fifth giant slalom win and first in six years. She prevailed by .07 of a second over Italian Marta Bassino combining times from two runs. Sweden’s Sara Hector, the Olympic champion and first-run leader, ended up third.

Gut-Behrami’s best events are downhill and super-G, so a strong start to the season in GS could put her on a path to winning the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing.

Reigning World Cup overall champ Mikaela Shiffrin, who previously placed second, third, fourth and fifth in Killington giant slaloms, finished 13th after winning the season’s first two races, slaloms in Finland last week. It marked her lowest World Cup GS finish since December 2019.

“[Finland] was a spectacular weekend,” Shiffrin, who not had much recent GS training, said after her 10th-place opening run Saturday. “Every race is a different story.”

Shiffrin won all five World Cup slaloms in Killington dating to 2016 and will go for her 50th career World Cup slalom victory across all venues on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC and Peacock).

ALPINE SKIING: Full Results | Broadcast Schedule

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

Injured Ilia Malinin wins Grand Prix Finland, qualifies for Grand Prix Final

Ilia Malinin
Getty
0 Comments

Ilia Malinin, competing “a little bit injured” this week, still won Grand Prix Finland and goes into the Grand Prix Final in two weeks as the world’s top-ranked male singles skater.

Malinin, who was second after Friday’s short program, landed four clean quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate to overtake Frenchman Kevin Aymoz.

Malinin, who landed a quad flip in competition for the first time, according to SkatingScores.com, also attempted a quad Axel to open his program, but spun out of the landing and put his hand down on the ice.

Malinin also won his previous two starts this season in come-from-behind fashion. The 17-year-old world junior champion became the first skater to land a clean, fully rotated quad Axel in September, then did it again in October at Skate America, where he posted the world’s top overall score this season.

Next, Malinin can become the second-youngest man to win the Grand Prix Final after Russian Yevgeny Plushenko. His biggest competition is likely to be world champion Shoma Uno of Japan, who like Malinin won both of his Grand Prix starts this fall. Malinin and Uno have not gone head-to-head this season.

Grand Prix Finland concludes later Saturday with the rhythm dance. Highlights air on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

FIGURE SKATING: Results | Broadcast Schedule

Earlier, Japan’s Mai Mihara overtook world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx of Belgium to become the only woman to win both of her Grand Prix starts this season. Mihara prevailed by .23 of a point. The top three women this season by best total score are Japanese, led by a junior skater, 14-year-old Mao Shimada.

Mihara and Hendrickx qualified for the Grand Prix Final, joining world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Rinka Watanabe, both of Japan, South Korean Yelim Kim and American Isabeau Levito, the world junior champion.

Italians Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini won both pairs’ programs and qualified for their first Grand Prix Final.

Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara and Americans Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier headline the Final. Both pairs won each of their Grand Prix starts earlier this fall. The Japanese have the world’s two best scores this season. The Americans are reigning world champions.

At least one Russian or Chinese pair made every Grand Prix Final podium — usually pairs from both countries — but neither nation competed in pairs this Grand Prix season. All Russian skaters are banned due to the war in Ukraine. China’s lone entry on the Grand Prix across all disciplines was an ice dance couple.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!