Vail’s Vonn: Speeding through Slovenia and ‘regeneration’
Vail, Co Colorado
Editor’s note: Vail’s Lindsey Vonn, a three-time World Cup overall champion and Olympic downhill gold medalist, reports regularly in collaboration with Denver Post ski writer John Meyer.
MARIBOR, Slovenia – The weekend was pretty uneventful because of warm weather and lots of rain here that forced cancellation of our giant slalom and slalom races.
I love racing, but it was definitely nice to have some down time. I managed to get in one run of GS on Saturday before they canceled it. Sunday was just an off day for “regeneration.”
It was great to get a couple days off, because the next two weekends in Italy involve speed races (downhill and super-G), first in Cortina d’Ampezzo, then in Sestriere. Both weekends are going to be really important in determining the World Cup titles I’m trying to win, the overall, downhill and super-G.
Both weekends are going to be in places I really love. Cortina was the first place I ever made a World Cup podium (third place in a 2004 downhill) and I love skiing there. It’s an awesome downhill, and it has a special place in my heart.
Cortina is a beautiful place in the Italian Dolomites. The surroundings are incredible, and in the Tofana Schuss, you ski down through a tiny chute with massive rocks on both sides. It’s an incredible view.
I love going there for a number of reasons, most of all because the downhill is one of my favorites on the tour, I’ve had success there in the past, and it was one of Picabo Street’s favorite tracks as well.
(Note: Vonn has had three victories and five other podium finishes there since 2004).
Sestriere is another great downhill, another place I love going. It has a lot of “air,” and high speed. It’s one of the rare downhills that’s almost completely in the sun, which is nice. It’s a fun track and I’m excited to ski it again.