Vonn leads Cortina 1st downhill training
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy – American Lindsey Vonn was the fastest down the Olympia delle Tofane course in Thursday's first training run, under sunny skies, in preparation for Saturday's downhill race. The 31-year-old timed 1:39.12 to lead overall World Cup leader Switzerland's Lara Gut by 0.60 seconds, while Italy's Vera Stuffer was third, 0.70 back.
“I thought it was a good run but I wasn't trying very hard, I was mostly just relaxed,” explained Vonn. “The last few races...I felt like I have skied my best when I am more relaxed.”
Vonn has won nine World Cup races across all disciplines in the famed Italian resort. She has only triumphed more often in Lake Louise, with 18 wins.
“I had my first podium here in Cortina. And last year it was amazing to break the record here. I just have really good memories. I like the track it's like Lake Louise. It's one of my favourites on the whole tour so I am happy to be back here.”
With her victory in Zauchensee, Vonn equalled Annemarie Moser-Pröll's (AUT) all-time record for most wins in World Cup downhill events (36) and is now poised to break it.
“It was amazing to tie Annemarie in Zauchensee and last year I broke the record here so hopefully this year I can break another one. I have a lot of confidence and I hope to do well this weekend.”
“The track is smooth but yeah it's set pretty similar than always. I think on the top the terrain is definitely more dramatic because there is not as much snow. It seems to be a little bit steeper and the speeds are a little bit higher. The course is in an amazing shape as always,” Vonn concluded.
A second and final downhill training run is scheduled for Friday.
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