LA THUILE, ITALY – Lindsey Vonn was incensed after losing her ski and the World Cup lead in a tricky downhill Friday, frustrated and fuming over her equipment
“My ski came off,” she said, underlining her anger with an expletive.
Swiss rival Lara Gut won and moved 13 points ahead of Vonn in the overall ranks with the season approaching its conclusion next month.
Vonn was the last of the favorites to start and was ahead of Gut at the first checkpoint but then her right ski detached on a sharp turn at about 75 kph and she slid down the course on her hip.
“I’m really confused at how this happened. I have to watch the video again,” Vonn said, showing off her bent ski in the finish area. “The whole thing is a little bit perplexing to me. Normally none of this should happen.”
Gut finished a whopping 1.02 seconds ahead of Cornelia Huetter of Austria, with Nadia Fanchini of Italy third, 1.03 back, as the Franco Berthod course in the shadows of Mont Blanc made its debut on the circuit.
The American said she didn’t have any serious injuries and would be ready for another downhill Saturday.
“I’ll probably be pretty bruised,” Vonn said. “I slid on my hip for quite a ways.”
Perhaps more worrying is that Vonn has now lost one of her fastest skis. She’s been using only two pairs of skis in downhill and the ski that was bent had been used during her recent wins in Lake Louise, Alberta.