Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom
American star ends FIS World Cup downhill season with second in Aspen.
Lindsey Vonn could not get the better of Ilka Stuhec in the final FIS World Cup downhill race of the season, but finished an encouraging second behind the overall champion in Aspen.
Italian Sofia Goggia had the chance to nick the title from Stuhec if she won and her rival scored no points.
Slovenian Stuhec, though, was a class above the rest of the field with her time of 1:36.95 leaving her 0.66s clear of Vonn in second and 1.03s ahead of Goggia in third.
Vonn’s 80 points left her on 280 points for the 2016/17 downhill season overall and fourth place, thanks mainly to her Garmisch victory and two second places.
She also dug deep from her injury return to secure bronze in the FIS World Championships in St. Moritz behind gold medallist Stuhec and Stephanie Venier.
Sadly for Vonn, she could not maintain her form for the following day’s super-G race in Aspen as she crashed into the safety net – her third crash in six super-Gs this season.
She told The Denver Post, “I was trying so hard. I think I just released the ski a little too early. I wish I could have finished the season a little stronger, but my body is absolutely maxed out. I am so tired.”
Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather produced a superb run to win the final race of the season and edge out Stuhec for the overall FIS World Cup super-G crown.
Vonn has decided to carry on racing until the 2019 FIS World Championships in Swedish resort Are with gold very much in her sights first at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games.