Tina Maze Wins Downhill World Championship
Vonn is top American, takes 5th place
Slovenian Tina Maze won Friday’s world championship downhill in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The 31-year-old, a winner of two world championships and two Olympic gold medals, followed up a silver medal effort in the super-G on Tuesday, reports the AP.
Prerace favorite Lindsey Vonn struggled in the technical middle section and placed fifth. “Honestly, I did the best I could,” she told the AP. “It just wasn’t a great run. It was a good run but not a top-five-worthy run. There’s not a lot to be sad about.” Vonn was the top American; Julia Mancuso came in 16th, Laurenne Ross placed 17th, and Stacy Cook took 19th.
Vonn has surpassed all expectations in her comeback season from two major knee injuries, breaking Annemarie Moser-Pröll’s record for World Cup wins last month. She currently leads the downhill and super-G World Cup standings and sits third overall, behind Maze and Austrian Anna Fenninger. Vonn will have two more chances at the world championship podium this season: She’ll toe the line in next week’s super combined and giant slalom events—races she hasn’t contested in more than two years, the New York Times reports.