Vonn takes spill in first run of Aspen GS
The Aspen Times
Lindsey Vonn took a hard fall but escaped injury on her first run of the women’s World Cup giant slalom in Aspen today, putting an abrupt end to her weekend.
Vonn had previously said she wouldn’t ski the slalom races on Saturday and Sunday.
She was more than half way through the course when she fell and one ski popped off. She slid on her back and crashed into safety netting on the side of the course on the Spring Pitch and Strawpile trails.
“I’m fine. It’s just super annoying,” Vonn told reporters at the corral near the finish line.
She gave no indication that her left ankle gave her any problems. She broke her ankle in a training crash in New Zealand in August.
Vonn said the Aspen course “wasn’t that bumpy” so she was trying to figure out what spurred the crash.
“This never happened to me in a (giant slalom) race before, so to have it happen in Aspen is definitely disappointing, but shit happens,” she said.
Vonn, 31, the Vail racer who has won four overall World Cup titles, specializes in speed events. She said she would put the fall and disqualification in Aspen behind her and focus on the downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, Dec. 4-6.
Vonn said she trained for the giant slalom Thursday in Vail with members of the Austrian men’s team and she felt “really good, really confident.”
“Today I was a little bit nervous,” she said. “GS isn’t my strongest event. I’m not quite as confident in myself as I should be, maybe.
“It took me a couple of gates to get into it but I felt that once I hit the flat I really got into a good rhythm and I was starting to attack and my ski came off,” she said.
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