Even on a sunny day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, athletes still find the downhill track covered in flat light and shadows. Combine that with a bumpy surface and new snow conditions, and athletes soon discover that the downhill training run was almost nothing like the actual race. That became very clear when only two of the first seven athletes made it down the course in the Saturday morning World Cup.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN,GERMANY,06.FEB.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill, ladies. Image shows Lindsey Vonn (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Mario Kneisl“I try to stay focused and I try to have a good and smart plan – talk to coaches – and it was definitely a lot different today than it was in the training run,” said Lindsey Vonn, who earned her 76th World Cup win, crushing the Kandahar course. “Pretty much a totally different course. It was about nine seconds faster, so I just had to be tactically smart in some sections and it was definitely bumpy.”

These days, it seems nearly inevitable that when there is a World Cup downhill race, fans will see Vonn at the top of the results sheet. This race pushed her overall points tally up to 1,000, placing her 127 points ahead of Lara Gut, who was 14th on the day. This victory also puts Vonn within 10 wins of the all-time career record currently held by Ingemar Stenmark.

“Every day is a new chance to break my own record, which is kind of weird to say, but it still makes it exciting,” Vonn continued. “Every win for me is more special than the last.”

Coming in second place, Fabienne Suter of Switzerland skied 1.51 seconds slower the Vonn – a strong finish considering she only recently returned to competition after a muscle tear took her off circuit between the Val d’Isere and Cortina d’Ampezzo races. When Suter was asked about what she needs to do to grab a win, she was a baffled as anyone else on how to beat Vonn in downhill.

“It’s difficult to know that,” Suter explained. “I think just Lindsey is, at the moment, incredible. She’s so fast and good, and I don’t know exactly what I have to do to be faster than her. I am just happy with my second place. Back on the podium and that’s a nice feeling.”

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN,GERMANY,06.FEB.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill, ladies, award ceremony. Image shows Fabienne Suter (SUI), Lindsey Vonn (USA) and Viktoria Rebensburg (GER). Keywords: Stoeckli. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christopher KelemenGermany’s Viktoria Rebensburg finished in third place, earning her first downhill podium result of the season and holding her position in third in the overall standings.

“The people were awesome down here,” she said of her home crowd. “Really good atmosphere and I really enjoyed skiing here.”

Also notching notable performances were the U.S. Ski Team’s Laurenne Ross and Breezy Johnson. Ross skied to a season-best finish of fifth place while Johnson earned her first World Cup points, coming in 28th.

“I’m happy that I was able to ski strong and smart and I know I could have pushed it a little bit harder, but I’m going to take that speed and go into the next races with that,” Ross said about her run.

Their teammates, Stacey Cook, Jacqueline Wiles and Alice Merryweather, finished in 17th, 21st and 37th respectively.

Racing continues tomorrow with super G on the same track, where Vonn will be looking for win number 77.

“I am interested to see how the course is going to be,” she said. “It’s definitely going to be tough with the snow. How they’re going to set it will probably be similar to the downhill, I would imagine. But, yeah, I skied well here last year in the super G. I just have to have a good inspection and execute again.”

Sunday’s super G race starts at 11 a.m. CET.

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The Scoop
by Hank Mckee

  1. Vonn, Head/Head/Head
  2. F. Suter, Dynastar/Lange/Dynastar
  3. Rebensburg, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
  4. Yurkiw, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  5. Ross, Volkl/Lange/Marker
  6. Weirather, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  7. Miklos, Head/Head/Head
  8. N. Fanchini, Dynastar/Lange/Dynastar
  9. E. Fanchini, Dynastar/Lange/Dynastar
  10. C. Suter, Head/Head/Head
  • Women’s World Cup downhill, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Feb. 6, 2016. … It is the 24th race of the women’s 41 race World Cup schedule. … The sixth of nine scheduled downhills. … It is the 104th World Cup hosted by Garmisch … the 43rd downhill. … Tina Weirather is the defending champion.
  • It is the 76th career World Cup win for Lindsey Vonn as she closes within 10 of all-time leader Ingemar Stenmark. … It is her ninth win of the season, three shy of her all-time personal best of 12 set in 2012. … The winning margin is 1.51 seconds. … Top six are within two seconds. … It is the 299th U.S. World Cup win and 12th of the season.
  • It is the 18th career World Cup podium for Fabienne Suter, just her seventh in DH. … It is her third podium of the season and first since December.
  • It is the 28th career World Cup podium for Viktoria Rebensburg … her third in DH. … It is her fifth podium of the season, the first in DH.
  • It is the sixth career World Cup top five for Larisa Yurkiw, her fourth of the season. … It is the sixth career World Cup top five for Laurenne Ross … her first of the season. … It is the third best career placing at Garmisch for Stacey Cook. … Jacqueline Wiles matches her fourth best career World Cup finish. … It is the first career World Cup score for Breezy Johnson.
  • Vonn leads the World Cup overall standings 1,000-873 over Lara Gut (14th in race). … Rebensburg is third overall with 740pts.
  • Vonn leads the downhill standings 500-328 over Yurkiw (fourth in race). … Cornelia Huetter (12th in race) is third with 294pts. … Stacey Cook is 10th with 146pts.
  • Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 2879-2368 over Italy. … Switzerland is third with 2233pts. … The U.S. is fourth at 1916pts and Canada eighth at 801pts.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff.
 1  22  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA  1:40.80
 2  20  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI  1:42.31  +1.51
 3  21  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:42.37  +1.57
 4  18  106849 YURKIW Larisa 1988 CAN  1:42.60  +1.80
 5  9  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:42.77  +1.97
 6  13  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:42.79  +1.99
 7  14  245066 MIKLOS Edit 1988 HUN  1:42.93  +2.13
 8  8  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:43.13  +2.33
 9  15  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA  1:43.18  +2.38
 10  11  516319 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  1:43.34  +2.54
 11  31  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:43.38  +2.58
 12  16  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:43.40  +2.60
 13  19  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:43.41  +2.61
 14  17  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:43.66  +2.86
 15  29  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela 1981 ITA  1:43.71  +2.91
 16  12  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:43.74  +2.94
 17  10  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  1:44.18  +3.38
 18  23  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI  1:44.40  +3.60
 19  38  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:44.42  +3.62
 20  40  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:44.56  +3.76
 21  2  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:44.59  +3.79
 22  41  565333 BRODNIK Vanja 1989 SLO  1:44.71  +3.91
 23  6  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:44.79  +3.99
 24  42  155763 LEDECKA Ester 1995 CZE  1:44.85  +4.05
 25  33  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON  1:44.88  +4.08
 26  24  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:44.90  +4.10
 27  47  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  1:45.13  +4.33
 28  32  6535455 JOHNSON Breezy 1996 USA  1:45.15  +4.35
 29  45  206520 DORSCH Patrizia 1994 GER  1:45.17  +4.37
 30  37  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:45.25  +4.45
 31  35  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:45.34  +4.54
 32  25  196968 BAILET Margot 1990 FRA  1:45.41  +4.61
 33  26  56125 PUCHNER Mirjam 1992 AUT  1:45.77  +4.97
 34  39  197615 BESSY Anouk 1995 FRA  1:46.08  +5.28
 35  43  206548 MAGG Ann Katrin 1994 GER  1:46.60  +5.80
 36  46  206444 HOESL Simona 1992 GER  1:47.48  +6.68
 37  44  6535600 MERRYWEATHER Alice 1996 USA  1:47.82  +7.02
Did not finish 1st run
 36  516145 KUENG Mirena 1988 SUI
 34  55913 MOSER Stefanie 1988 AUT
 30  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO
 28  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT
 27  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA
 7  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR
 5  538685 MCKENNIS Alice 1989 USA
 4  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT
 3  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT
 1  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA
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