Soldeu, Andorra – A day after going down in a sled with a fractured kneecap following a super G crash on Saturday, Vail, Colo.’s Lindsey Vonn came back to win the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined morning super G on Sunday, and finish 13th overall following the slalom leg, forcing a three-way tie for the combined globe with one event to go.
Mikaela Shiffrin’s comeback from an early-season knee injury took another step forward Sunday as well, as the Coloradoan led the U.S. Ski Team in the day’s results. She came from a 40th-place finish in the morning super G to post the fourth-fastest slalom time, finishing eighth in her first World Cup combined, and only her third ever World Cup super G.
Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon won the event – her second career World Cup victory, following the first that also came in the combined in Zauchenssee, Switzerland in 2014. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was second, followed by Anne-Sophie Barthet of France in third.
It was Gagnon’s second career victory, the first also coming in the combined in 2014 in Zauchensee. Since then, she earned just one other podium place, third place in the Crans-Montana slalom this season.
“I wasn’t expecting a win,” said Gagnon. “I was surprised. I was hoping for a podium. That’s always a good result, and I knew that I was skiing strong. My super G was pretty good yesterday. I started 52 and came 23rd. For me, I was pretty happy with that. And today, I was able to put down a pretty solid run in the super G and also, my confidence is good with slalom. After two weekends ago, I had my first podium in like four years in slalom, so it’s really good. Just having that confidence moving into alpine combined where both of the races were kind of like perfect snow, I would say. It was just really a good day, I guess.”
Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) was third in the super G and finished 25th overall. Jackie Wiles (Aurora, Ore.) was 34th overall. Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) was second after the super G, but did not finish the slalom.
Vonn, Gagnon and Switzerland’s Lara Gut are in a three-way tie in the Alpine Combined standings with 100 points each. The tie will be broken in the season’s last Combined, scheduled for Lenzerheide, Switzerland March 13. Vonn maintains a 28-point lead in the overall World Cup standings over Gut.
Up next, the women’s tech teams head to Jasna, Slovakia, for one giant slalom and one slalom race from March 5-6.
FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
Soldeu, Andorra – Feb. 28, 2016
Women’s Alpine Combined