Superstars from Vail Valley share podium in Cortina downhill

Superstars from Vail Valley share podium in Cortina downhill

Mikaela Shiffrin warned she wants to prove that her maiden World Cup downhill win in Lake Louise was no fluke as she challenges speed queen Lindsey Vonn in Saturday's second downhill at Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather was second a massive 0.92 seconds back, and Vonn's U.S. teammate Jacqueline Wiles surprised with a wild ride to third place.

Vonn stands eight victories shy of the career wins record held by Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark (86), and she nearly certainly would have pulled closer Friday if not for the rut which deflected her right ski upward with the tip rising to the level of her waist.

Vonn will go for her 80th career win Sunday in a super-G at Cortina, where she's now won six downhill and six super-G races.

After an 18-year career, having made her World Cup debut as a 15-year-old in 1999, Mancuso bowed out on the piste where she claimed her first World Cup podium finish with second place in a super-G in January 2006.

Vail's Lindsey Vonn earned some redemption Saturday on a downhill course in Cortina, Italy where she's now won a dozen times.


After winning both downhill training runs this week, each by almost a full second, she posted the highest top speed in the race of nearly 84 miles per hour.

"It wasn't like I made a big mistake", Vonn told reporters in the finish.

It's only fitting that Wiles land on the same podium as Vonn - in December 2015, Wiles was selected by Vonn as the first-ever athlete ambassador for her foundation, meaning Vonn would help fund Wiles as she continued racing and following her dreams, while Wiles would in turn spread the organization's message.

"I definitely can ski better than I did", Vonn said. "I have a lot of confidence from today and yesterday, so I'll attack as always and see how it goes".

It's a glorious day to be a USA women's downhill skier. She also leads the overall World Cup slalom and giant slalom standings, and is third in the downhill standings behind Goggia and Weirather. "For me, February is the most important thing".

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