Ted Ligety Lindsey Vonn Bode Miller
Ted Ligety (left), Lindsey Vonn (center), and Bode Miller (right). (B.Stefanov, SnoCountry.com, Eric Schramm)

American Skiers Looking Mortal

Only Ted Ligety makes podium this weekend.

Ted Ligety Lindsey Vonn Bode Miller

After this weekend’s World Cup alpine races in Europe, we learned that Lindsey Vonn has “no ACL,” Ted Ligety is mortal, and Bode Miller vaguely resembles the Olympic and World Champion that he is.

Lindsey Vonn says she has no ACL

Lindsey Vonn began, but didn’t finish, her run at Saturday’s World Cup downhill race in Val d’Isere, France. Midway through, Vonn’s knee gave out, and she skied off to the side of the course, clutching her knee in pain.

“I didn’t hurt myself more than I’m already hurt,”  Vonn told reporters afterwards. Vonn told the media she partially tore her ACL during a training run in Beaver Creek in November, but her comments on Saturday suggest the tear is more severe. She told reporters that “I have no ACL.”

Despite this setback, she still plans on competing on the Olympic stage in February, and she expects to only enter one or two more races before the Sochi’s opening ceremony in 45 days.

Ted Ligety is human

A year ago Ted Ligety won the giant slalom on the Gran Risa course, in Alta Badia, Italy, by a massive margin. On Saturday, the heavy favorite placed third, behind defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher and Alexis Pinturault of France.

Hirscher is now 60 points ahead of Ligety in the giant slalom, and he told the Associated Press: “I’m happy to see that Ted is beatable and human.”

In previous seasons, Gran Risa was known for being extremely icy. Legity told the press at the event that his performance this weekend wasn’t his best. The course was softer than expected and that amplified the little mistakes he made in his runs.

Bode Miller resembling his old self

After knee surgery, a season off the slopes, and a failing to qualify for the finals in World Cup races in Val d’Isere, Bode Miller is beginning to resemble his old self—an Olympic and World Champion skier with 76 career podium results.

In Val Gardena, Italy, on Friday, Miller placed eighth in the super-G—his first time in the top ten in the event this year. The next day, he finished fifth in the prestigious Saslong downhill race.

“I’ve been skiing well,” Miller said to the Associated Press. “The fact is we just don’t have the whole thing together right now. We’re close, and we’re getting there.”

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: B.Stefanov, SnoCountry.com, Eric Schramm