Vail’s Vonn ‘checks out’ World downhill course
VAL D’ISERE, France ” Swiss teenager Lara Gut led downhill training at the World Championships on Wednesday, and race favorite Lindsey Vonn, of Vail, intentionally skipped several gates and was disqualified.
Gut clocked 1 minute, 30.41 seconds down the Rhone-Alpes course. Nadia Fanchini of Italy was second, 0.30 seconds behind, and Andrea Fischbacher of Austria was third, 0.45 back.
Fischbacher took the bronze medal in the super-G on Tuesday behind Vonn and Marie Marchand-Arvier of France. Marchand-Arvier placed fourth in training, followed by teammate Aurelie Revillet in fifth.
The 17-year-old Gut won a super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in December. Her best downhill result was third in St. Moritz last February in her debut in the discipline.
Maria Riesch, the German skier who is second to Vonn in the overall World Cup standings, crashed, injuring a ligament in her left knee and bruising her back.
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Vonn and defending downhill world champion Anja Paerson were both disqualified.
“I didn’t take all the gates, but that’s what first training runs are for, just checking it out,” Vonn said.
The women have a second downhill training session Thursday, followed by the super-combi race Friday, a third training session Saturday and the downhill race Sunday.