The first alpine skiing world championships to be held in the United States in 26 years started Monday in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado.
The first event of the two-week championship was Tuesday’s women’s super-G. Hometown favorite and super-G overall standings leader Lindsey Vonn took third place, reports the Denver Post. (Tiger Woods, Vonn’s boyfriend, was in attendance.) Intermittent gusty winds created challenging conditions for some skiers, including Vonn.
“I definitely had a pretty strong headwind right out the starting gate, the first couple of gates,” Vonn told the Denver Post. “It’s a little bit hard to make up that time. I fought my way down, and in the bottom part where there wasn’t any wind, I was pretty fast.” Vonn will now aim to get back on the podium in Friday’s downhill.
Other American skiers are looking to put together strong performances on their home turf. Ted Ligety, the reigning Olympic and world champion in giant slalom, will likely shoot for a fifth world championship in the super-G, giant slalom, and super combined. Nineteen-year-old Olympic slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin will try to take home a medal in next week’s slalom and giant slalom while racing in her hometown.
Six-time Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller confirmed that he will make his season debut in Wednesday’s super-G and this weekend’s downhill after undergoing surgery in November and missing the first half of the season, according to the New York Times.