At the start of the season there were a few questions surrounding Lindsey Vonn. After all, this was the first time in recent memory that she has entered a season free from injury. Would we see the Speed Queen of old, so dominant and so effortless, or would we see someone else?

After this weekend’s World Cup downhills in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Vonn answered many of those questions. With style and grace, Vonn took her second win in as many days down the notoriously fast and dark Kandahar track and now heads into the Olympics with momentum on her side and 81 career wins.

“It was just an amazing weekend,” Vonn said after the race. “I feel like I’m peaking at exactly the right time. I have so much confidence right now in my skiing, mentally, and in my equipment so everything is coming together better than I could have hoped or planned for. Now I go into Korea with a couple wins under my belt and just really looking forward to skiing the same way or even better than I skied this weekend. I’m going to lay it all on the table and see what happens.”

Vonn used some calculated skiing on the bottom of the track to separate herself from the rest of the field. There were several racers who had an advantage over Vonn heading into the final section of the course but could not hold a candle to Vonn’s pace on the bottom.

“It’s kind of similar to Lake Louise where I know exactly what I have to do to win and the bottom section is always critical,” she explained. “In almost every race I’ve raced here, the race is won or lost in the last 30-45 seconds. I carried all my speed really well and executed exactly the line that I had hoped for and I was able to actually accelerate down to the finish.”

Vonn now has 81 career World Cup wins. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Thomas Bachun

Second place once again went to Italy’s Sofia Goggia, this time by 0.11 seconds. Goggia is also looking forward to entering the Games with the momentum of two-straight podiums.

“I think the timing in which I began some turns was off,” Goggia said of her race. “I made a really similar race two days in a row so I’m happy I go away from Garmisch with two solid runs, two solid races, and two podiums. This is what I was hoping for after crashing in Cortina.”

Just one-hundredth behind Goggia in third was Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather. The 28-year-old leaves Garmisch with the confidence that she can perform no matter what the conditions in Korea are.

“It’s pretty good for the self-confidence, also for the feeling on my skis,” Weirather explained. “I had a podium two weeks ago in Cortina where the snow was very different to today and now this works too so I kind of feel like I’m ready for anything and that’s a really good feeling. I was just really happy with how I skied and how I was dealing with the start-stop right in front of me; I had to wait for like eight or nine minutes in the start house and I didn’t get off my game.”

The hold that Weirather was referring to was due to a hard fall by American Stacey Cook who washed out on a high-speed section of the course and hit the safety netting incredibly hard. Cook was walking on her own power several minutes after the crash, but was still transported in a sled as a safety precaution.

Breezy Johnson followed Vonn for the Americans in a solid eighth place, followed by Laurenne Ross in 23rd, Alice McKennis in 29th, and Alice Merryweather in 31st.

The women’s World Cup tour now breaks for the remainder of February for the Olympic Games and will return on March 3-4 for super-G and alpine combined in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

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Top 10

  1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) – Head/Head/Head
  2. Sofia Goggia (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  3. Tina Weirather (LIE) – Head/Head/Head
  4. Stephanie Venier (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  5. Michelle Gisin (SUI) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  6. Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  7. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  8. Breezy Johnson (USA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  9. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) – Stoeckli/Lange
  10. Nicol Delago (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  7  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA  1:37.92  0.00  100
 2  9  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:38.03  +0.11  1.40  80
 3  5  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:38.04  +0.12  1.53  60
 4  11  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:38.29  +0.37  4.72  50
 5  13  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  1:38.49  +0.57  7.28  45
 6  6  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:38.57  +0.65  8.30  40
 7  1  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:38.79  +0.87  11.11  36
 8  2  6535455 JOHNSON Breezy 1996 USA  1:38.80  +0.88  11.23  32
 9  3  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:38.89  +0.97  12.38  29
 10  22  299466 DELAGO Nicol 1996 ITA  1:38.93  +1.01  12.89  26
 11  20  516319 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  1:39.09  +1.17  14.94  24
 12  18  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:39.27  +1.35  17.23  22
 13  16  516248 FLURY Jasmine 1993 SUI  1:39.35  +1.43  18.25  20
 14  34  206652 PFISTER Meike 1996 GER  1:39.41  +1.49  19.02  18
 15  17  55947 VEITH Anna 1989 AUT  1:39.46  +1.54  19.66  16
 16  28  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT  1:39.51  +1.59  20.30  15
 17  14  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:39.55  +1.63  20.81  14
 18  31  506701 HOERNBLAD Lisa 1996 SWE  1:39.56  +1.64  20.94  13
 19  25  206668 WEIDLE Kira 1996 GER  1:39.67  +1.75  22.34  12
 20  19  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:39.68  +1.76  22.47  11
 21  26  206460 WENIG Michaela 1992 GER  1:39.69  +1.77  22.59  10
 22  29  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:39.73  +1.81  23.11  9
 23  8  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:39.79  +1.87  23.87  8
 24  10  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:39.81  +1.89  24.13  7
 25  12  56198 SCHEYER Christine 1994 AUT  1:39.85  +1.93  24.64  6
 26  35  56328 ORTLIEB Nina 1996 AUT  1:39.99  +2.07  26.42  5
 27  30  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA  1:40.09  +2.17  27.70  4
 28  15  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:40.14  +2.22  28.34  3
 29  24  538685 MCKENNIS Alice 1989 USA  1:40.16  +2.24  28.59  2
 30  21  197383 GAUTHIER Tiffany 1993 FRA  1:40.27  +2.35  30.00  1
 31  33  6535600 MERRYWEATHER Alice 1996 USA  1:40.40  +2.48  31.66  0
 32  42  206520 DORSCH Patrizia 1994 GER  1:40.82  +2.90  37.02  0
 33  27  197641 GAUCHE Laura 1995 FRA  1:41.01  +3.09  39.45  0
 34  41  506718 IVARSSON Lin 1996 SWE  1:41.11  +3.19  40.72  0
 35  40  56256 RAEDLER Ariane 1995 AUT  1:41.33  +3.41  43.53  0
 36  39  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON  1:41.81  +3.89  49.66  0
 37  32  297195 HOFER Anna 1988 ITA  1:41.93  +4.01  51.19  0
 38  23  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI  1:42.84  +4.92  62.81  0
Did not finish 1st run
 38  298767 SOSIO Federica 1994 ITA  0
 37  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  0
 4  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  0
Did not start 1st run
 36  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  0
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A Lake Tahoe native and University of Vermont graduate, Higgins was a member of the Catamounts' 2012 NCAA title winning squad and earned first team All-American status in 2013. Prior to coming to Ski Racing Media, he coached U14s for the Squaw Valley Ski Team.
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