December 14, 1985 |
Austrian skier Christina Putz was reported slightly improved but still in a coma Friday following a high-speed crash in a World Cup women's downhill race Thursday at Val D'Isere, France. Dr. Sigurd Wagner of the Austrian team said it could be several days before the 19-year-old skier recovered consciousness. "She is a little better and has shown some reactions," he said.
December 21, 2013 |
Lindsey Vonn, with boyfriend Tiger Woods watching from the finish area, could not complete a downhill run Saturday when her surgically repaired right knee "gave out" as she struggled to maintain her balance. The 2010 Olympic downhill champion, who tore two ligaments in the knee earlier this year, said she doesn't think she sustained any more damage during the World Cup event at Val d'Isere, France, but said she will have to be careful as she continues to prepare for the 2014 Sochi Games in February.
December 13, 1987
Olympic downhill gold medalist Michela Figini scored the fourth straight World Cup win for Switzerland as a streak of American bad luck continued with a terrifying spill by Tori Pillinger at Leukerbad, Switzerland. Pillinger, of Park City, Utah, suffered a compound fracture of her right thigh when she lost her balance after the last gate and crashed against the right finishing post after overturning twice.
January 7, 2014 |
American downhill skiing star Lindsey Vonn, who has been fighting a balky knee all winter, announced on Tuesday that she will skip the 2014 Sochi Olympics. “I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough,” she wrote on Facebook. “But the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level.” Saying that she feels “devastated,” the 29-year-old racer added that she will have surgery soon. Vonn's decision comes a month before the Games in Russia, where she had hoped to defend her gold medal in the downhill.
December 14, 2012 |
Lindsey Vonn's attempt for a fifth straight victory in a World Cup Alpine Skiing speed event came to a crashing halt when she slid off course and went into three nets during a women's downhill event at Val D'Isere, France, on Friday. Vonn did not talk to reporters after the race, but did manage a "not feeling great" before getting on the athlete bus later. As you can see in the video, Vonn's right ski catches a rut and she veers off course, going through two layers of protective netting before coming to a rest in a third.
March 6, 1993 |
Tommy Moe is looking for a repeat of last weekend. AJ Kitt is looking for a repeat of last season. The two will carry the U.S. hopes as the World Cup circuit stops in Aspen for a downhill today and a super-giant slalom Sunday at the Subaru Aspen Winternational. Moe, 23, of Palmer, Alaska, is coming off the best weekend of his racing career at Whistler, Canada, where he finished second in a World Cup downhill and 12th in the super-G.
December 15, 1986 |
Richard Pramotton won his second consecutive World Cup giant slalom race Sunday, leading the Italian team to a 1-2-3 sweep on their home track at La Villa, Italy. Alberto Tomba finished second in 2:45.49 for his best World Cup showing. First-leg leader Oswald Toetsch held on for third in 2:45.54. Swedish veteran Ingemar Stenmark finished fourth, skiing the fastest second heat and improving 12 places from the first run, on the same course that he had scored his 80th World Cup victory last year.
March 8, 1990 |
Alberto Tomba of Italy capitalized on his main rivals misfortunes and captured a World Cup slalom today by a whopping 1.19 seconds. Tomba, a double Olympic champion in the slalom and giant slalom at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, had a winning time of 1 minute, 46.19 seconds. Michael Tritscher of Austria was runner-up in 1:47.38 and former world slalom champion Jonas Nilsson of Sweden third in 1:47.49.
December 12, 1987 |
Michela Figini of Switzerland won a treacherous World Cup downhill race Friday by 12-hundredths of a second, holding off another tough challenge by the revived Austrian women's team led by runner-up Sigrid Wolf. In the first race of the winter in Switzerland, the Swiss women's team posted its third straight victory--all downhills--out of six races so far. Figini started first and went down the long 2,575-meter course in 1 minute 50.52 seconds for her first win of the season.
December 13, 1990 |
It's still early, of course, but the U.S. Ski Team appears to be taking a distressingly familiar course on the World Cup circuit. So far, the men are nowhere, and the women are almost totally dependent on one skier, Diann Roffe, who has apparently replaced the retired Tamara McKinney as the only U.S. hope for high placings against the strong Austrian, German and Swiss racers.