×

Skiing Roundup: A Win and a Dedication in Austria

  • United States' Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

  • Switzerland's Beat Feuz speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • Norway's Asked Lund Svindal gets to the finish area after completing an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)

  • Norway's Asked Lund Svindal speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Shinichiro Tanaka)

  • The Swiss Air Force acrobatic squad perform prior to an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

  • The Swiss Air Force acrobatic squad performs prior to an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria — After winning a women’s World Cup super-G, Federica Brignone dedicated her victory to Italian teammate Elena Fanchini on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Fanchini had to end her season because of a tumor, forcing her out of her fourth Olympics in Pyeongchang next month.

“She is always with us; she is missing. For sure, we are all upset. This (win) was for her,” said Brignone, adding she hoped her triumph “can help Elena to recover better.”

In the penultimate super-G before the Olympics, Brignone timed 1 minute, 9.80 seconds on the Karnten-Franz Klammer course and denied then-leader Lara Gut her first win of the season, beating the Swiss former overall champion by 0.18 seconds. Cornelia Huetter of Austria was 0.46 behind in third.

Nadia Fanchini, Elena’s younger sister, trailed Brignone by 0.98 in fifth for her best result of the season.

Lindsey Vonn finished 1.43 off the lead in ninth place, a day after the American standout was considering skipping the race to avoid the risk of getting injured on the partly weakened course. However, snow conditions vastly improved after a cold night.

“As soon as I saw the course at inspection this morning, I knew I was going to run,” said Vonn, adding she was satisfied with the conditions after “the snow was sugar” in previous days.

“For me that is a dangerous situation because I don’t have any stability then on my knee,” Vonn said. “If it’s bumpy it’s not a problem. As long as the surface is holding and solid, it’s fine.”

Vonn badly injured her right knee skiing in soft snow at the 2013 world championships in Austria, and ultimately missed the Sochi Olympics the following year.

Wearing bib No. 2, Vonn briefly led Saturday’s race but knew she was not in contention for her 79th career victory.

“On the bottom I wasn’t as aggressive I should have been. I was a little bit too conservative,” she said. “It’s kind of funny because I skied the harder sections better and then the easier sections worse.”

Vonn didn’t match Brignone’s skiing, who found the right line to master some tricky turns in the course.

“It’s really bumpy, and then it’s going really straight in some parts,” Brignone said.

It was the Italian’s seventh career win, and second of the season after triumphing in a giant slalom in Lienz, Austria, last month.

Brignone became the fifth different winner of five super-G races this season.

Feuz Wins Men’s Downhill

Wengen, Switzerland — Beat Feuz won the Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday to give Switzerland yet another victory in its signature Alpine skiing race.

Racing first, Feuz set a time on the longest World Cup course of 2.65 miles that only Aksel Lund Svindal could threaten.

Svindal wore the No. 3 bib and led at four of the five time splits, but the Norwegian finished 0.18 seconds behind Feuz’s 2 minutes, 26.50 seconds.

Austria’s Matthias Mayer was third, trailing 0.67 behind Feuz.

That gave the storied race a podium of the world champion ahead of the most consistent downhill racer of the past decade, and the current Olympic champion.

Feuz also won at Wengen in 2012, and the Swiss team has now won five of the past nine editions.