First lindsey vonn cheered at the finish line in garmisch-partenkirchen over a two-hundredths of a second lead, minutes later she buried her face in horror between her hands.
US ski star vonn visibly affected by the fall of her teammate jacqueline wiles. "I can’t really be happy because jackie is more seriously injured," vonn uber said about her 80. Victory in the alpine world cup. It was her third downhill coup in a row on the kandahar course; the 2010 olympic champion is only six successes short of the record held by sweden’s skiing legend ingemar stenmark.
However, the 33-year-old could not enjoy this lightheartedly. Wiles, financially supported by vonn for years and last on the podium in the downhill of cortina, misses the olympic winter games of pyeongchang from 9 to 9 with cruciate ligament rupture, fibula fracture and fracture of the tibial plateau. To 25. February. Vonn’s competitors, italy’s sofia goggia, who was narrowly beaten, and austria’s cornelia hutter, in third place, also followed vonn’s fall with great emotion.
Viktoria rebensburg finished eleventh on her first run after a two-month break. A mistake in the upper part of the track prevented a better placement. "I had said before that I did not have any great expectations in terms of placement. It was good in parts, but the skis have to point down more so that I can build up more speed," said the olympic giant slalom champion from kreuth.
Shortly before her third winter games, rebensburg did not want to rule out the possibility that the increasingly poor visibility and olympia in front of her eyes could have played "a bit of a role in the back of her mind. "Purely from my driving it was very controlled and especially because I have not driven downhill for a long time." World cup points also collected patrizia dorsch (schellenberg) on rank 19 and for the first time meike pfister (krumbach) on rank 27.
Alpine boss wolfgang maier did not want to overrate the downhill race in view of rebensburg’s three victories this season in their special discipline of giant slalom. "She has always said that her absolute focus is on giant slalom. She’s in good shape."
The departure was on a shortened course, as the only training session was only possible two and a half hours before the race. On sunday (12.30 o’clock/ZDF/eurosport) the classic downhill is to take place from the original start as a dress rehearsal for the winter games. "This already has a meaning because it is a home race and she needs the downhill competition. That’s why it’s important for it to be able to step up again," said maier uber rebensburg.