Goggia wins Cortina downhill as Lindsey Vonn makes main mistake

Goggia wins Cortina downhill as Lindsey Vonn makes main mistake

Forget that unusual image of the 78-time World Cup victor skiing cautiously amid hard weather conditions in Austria last weekend.

Vonn holds a record 11 wins in Cortina, and with three races scheduled this weekend, the Italian resort should be the ideal place to ramp up her preparations for next month's Pyeongchang Olympics. This hill is flawless.

Lindsey Vonn dominated training for a World Cup downhill for the second consecutive day on the Olympia delle Tofane course. "I think I'm skiing better super-G than downhill". I don't need to be careful. "I ran a big risk. It's not like I'm not skiing well".

Friday's downhill victor - Sofia Goggia of Italy, who beat Vonn by a half second after the Vail racer almost crashed - was a DNF herself on Saturday.

It was a vast improvement from the ninth and 27th places that Vonn recorded in Bad Kleinkirchheim in a super-G and downhill, respectively, last weekend.

"In ski racing, for me it was always about having fun", Mancuso said. "This is what I've been working for for the last eight years", said Vonn, who missed the 2014 Sochi Games due to a series of knee injuries.

Aiming to save her best for the February 21 downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Vonn has had only one win this season - a super-G in Val d'Isere, France, more than a month ago.

"The downhill in South Korea is on my radar after Lake Louise. It was a lovely day - normal, flawless Cortina sunshine - and ideal conditions", Vonn added.

"I felt like the crazier I would dress, the less I would be emotional and cry", Mancuso said. "It's being smart and controlling myself that has always been a problem". I didn't make any mistakes like yesterday, and it was just really fun.

"She has done a lot to help me get to this point", Wiles said of Vonn.

So how will she handle it if the conditions for the Olympic downhill on February 21 are not ideal? "I'm really, really proud of her!" Both races are big warmups for next month's Pyeongchang Olympics.

She won't race slalom but may enter the giant slalom to get a taste of the competition before going for gold in the super-G, downhill and combined. "We're very different. We're really exact opposites", Vonn said. "It just depends on how I feel".

Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin, competing for the first time in the downhill in Cortina, was third, 0.84 seconds behind the victor.

She got off to a slow start, trailing in 13th in the first downhill training run in the Italian Dolomites this week, but moved up to fifth in the second training run before her third in the race.

"I just like to have fun and I like to travel — and I love skiing". On Friday, Vonn was second and EagleVail's Mikaela Shiffrin was third. "First and foremost, though, I'm really going to figure out what to do with my hip". "No matter what happens from here to the Olympics I'll be confident. And if I can execute that then I'll feel more comfortable doing the speed at the Olympics".