Fog canceled two days of World Cup racing and delayed a third, but Lindsey Vonn was unable to find speed once racing resumed in Bansko, Bulgaria, on Sunday.
Vonn opted not to take a slalom run after she struggled relative to the field in the opening super-G, her strength. She was 24th going into the slalom, 2.57 seconds behind.
Austrian Anna Fenninger won the race by .39 over Slovenian Tina Maze. Austrian Kathrin Zettel was third.
Vonn complained to race officials about the foggy conditions, according to The Associated Press, though Vonn said the fog wasn’t the problem but the surface of the course was breaking, according to the U.S. Ski Team.
Fog forced cancellations of planned super-G races in Bansko on Friday and Saturday. A super-G was rescheduled for Monday in Bansko.
“I just want to make sure that I’m saving my body and my knees going forward, because I want to race in the next Olympics,” Vonn told media after her super-G run. “A day like today, my goal is just to get to the bottom and use it as training for tomorrow.”
Bode Miller and Ted Ligety didn’t have the downhill runs they wanted in super combined, but there’s still a chance they can make a run with an inspired performance in the slalom portion, which begins at 6:30 a.m. ET.
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Ligety, 29, is considered one of the great technical skiers, so he can make a big jump … but it will probably have to be a significant bit of work as he trails first place by nearly two seconds. Miller, 36, is more renowned for his downhill speed yet faces a smaller gap to close in trailing by 1.43.
Both aren’t totally out of it, yet there are plenty of other skiers who can thwart their attempts to land on the podium.
Kjetil Jansrud leads the pack, yet Ondrej Bank and Matthias Mayer are right behind him in second and third. They aren’t the only formidable opponents, either, as Ivica Kostelic lingers as a threat despite being in ninth place because he’s a strong slalom performer.
In other words, Miller and Ligety need memorable runs to grab a medal. Click here to see if they can do just that.
U.S. skiers Bode Miller and Ted Ligety came into the downhill portion of the men’s super combined with different goals and expectations. Even with that context in mind, they left that part of the event disappointed, as NBCOlympics.com notes.
This was supposed to be the area where Miller, 36, would give himself a little breathing room entering the slalom. Instead, he finished 1.43 seconds behind leader Kjetil Jansrud in 12th place.
Ligety, 29, was essentially in damage control mode in just giving himself an opening for an excellent slalom run – he’s the more technical of the two skiers – but he might have finished too far behind to overcome a talented field. Ligety is almost two seconds behind the top pace (1.93, to be exact) in 18th place.
Ondrej Bank and Matthias Mayer are right behind Jansrud in second and third respectively … and they’re by no means the only skiers with a legitimate shot at the gold or at least a medal.
Here is a little more about the contenders heading into the slalom from NBCOlympics.com, which begins at 6:30 a.m. ET.
The Top 10 results, not surprisingly, were jammed with speed specialists. Of note in that group is Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, who sits in ninth-place 0.93 seconds behind Jansrud. Kostelic is the strongest slalom skier in the group, and his father Ante, Croatia’s coach, will set the gates for the slalom run.
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