After narrowly averting another major injury with her crash in the World Championships super-G just five days ago, Lindsey Vonn skied a gutsy final race in Sunday’s downhill in Are, to take home a bronze medal.
Ilka Stuhec, of Slovenia, finished first to defend her World Championship downhill reign (she also won gold in the 2017 World Championships) and Switzerland’s Corinne Suter took home silver. The three women were separated by .49 seconds.
“I laid it all on the line. That’s all I wanted to do today,” Vonn said. “I have to admit I was a little bit nervous, probably the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life. I wanted to finish strong so badly.”
Vonn becomes the first female skier to win medals at six different world championships. It’s also her fifth downhill medal at worlds, matching the record established by Annemarie Moser-Proell and Christel Cranz. As she left the finish area she embraced Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, the only skier to win more World Cup races than Vonn — 86 to 82.
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1. Ilka Stuhec (SLO): 1:01.74
2. Corinne Suter (SUI): +0.23
3. Lindsey Vonn (USA): +0.49
4. Stephanie Venier (AUT): +0.53
5. Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR): +0.59
6. Nicol Delago (ITA): +0.62
7. Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT): +0.64
8. Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI): +0.78
9. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT): +0.81
9. Tamara Tipler (AUT): +0.81