Skiing: Lindsey Vonn takes super-G for her first win this season

Annette Crawford
December 17, 2017

After several crashes, back pain and other trouble so far this season, Lindsey Vonn finally broke through on Saturday and won her first world cup race since a downhill victory almost a year ago.

Svindal posted a time of 1:57.00 to make it back-to-back downhill race wins following his triumph in Beaver Creek in the USA earlier this month.

As one of world sport's most recognisable athletes, U.S. speed queen Vonn has never been shy of facing the cameras but she has been dealing with a furore over her criticism of President Donald Trump and the United States government in a CNN interview. "It was really cute when he was crying at the finish". In her first race of the season, and first giant slalom since January 2016, she finished 34th. "I'm really happy to have had a race today". "It's also time to appreciate things more, also with the passing of my grandpa".

Heavy snowfall in the past two days meant that the Oreiller-Killy course was shorter than normal.

Second place went to Sofia Goggia of Italy in a time of 1:05.17 while Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel took bronze, just 0.08s adrift of silver, for her first World Cup podium.

It was Vonn's first win since a downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in January, and a welcome relief. In clear pain, she pulled out of the next day's scheduled super-G.

The race was re-scheduled from last Friday (December 8), when it was cancelled in St. Moritz in Switzerland. "My back's much better".

"I think I skied well", Vonn said. "The physical issues that I've had made it hard to have confidence in my body, so it was mentally challenging". "Over the last few weeks, it's been a question of "keep going, keep fighting, keep trying, keeping picking yourself back up", especially after the first crash in Lake Louise".

Recently, Vonn has been under the media spotlight's glare for other reasons. "My goal now is to continue to take this self-confidence and this momentum through to February".

"Enjoy your first podium". "In Semmering it was snowing like cats and dogs and today the conditions were hard".

Vonn has seven wins among her 10 podiums at Val d'Isere. Mowinckel said. "They were just teaching me what to do, how to hold stuff".

Starting sixth, Vonn gained significant amounts of time throughout the middle and bottom stages, though a momentary loss of balance nearly cost her dearly towards the end.

Her joy was evident as she hugged USA teammate Laurenne Ross and, moments later, her father. That was no problem for Vonn, who has 28 career wins in super-G, clocking a time of 1:04.86 to earn the 78th world cup win of her career.

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