Lindsey Vonn third in downhill training
VAL D’ISERE, France — Anna Fenninger posted the fastest time in a World Cup downhill training run Friday with Austrian teammate Regina Sterz in second.
Lindsey Vonn of Vail was third.
Fenninger, who is second in the overall standings behind Tina Maze, was .42 seconds faster than Sterz and .45 quicker than Vonn.
Training was interrupted for about 45 minutes after Austrian skier Stefanie Moser crashed, and many racers struggled with a difficult jump near the top of the Oreiller-Killy course.
Austrian team doctor Klaus Pribitzer said in a statement that Moser sustained a mild concussion and damaged interior ligaments in her right knee.
“Moser crashed, everyone had problems with the jump, so I was a bit nervous. I didn’t ski my best,” said Vonn, who lost about half a second on her run. “Apart from my mistake, it was a pretty fast run and it gives me confidence for tomorrow.”
Vonn was a little surprised by the intensity of the jump, which had to be flattened following Moser’s crash.
“It’s not that far, it’s just really high off the ground, and then right when you land it’s a little compression,” Vonn said. “All things considered. it was a pretty solid time. I know I can do much better but I’m confident and I feel good.”
The downhill race is Saturday, followed by a super-G Sunday.
Vonn, coming back from a career-threatening knee injury, won a downhill in Lake Louise, Canada, this month, her first win in nearly two years. The next day, the four-time World Cup champion was second in a super-G.
Her previous World Cup victory was in GS in January 2013 in Maribor, Slovenia, and she has raced only seven races since. Less than two months after that win, she injured her right knee in a crash at the world championships.
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