ARE, Sweden (Reuters) – Lindsey Vonn’s hopes of a gold medal in the penultimate race of her glittering career were ended by a high-speed crash but Mikaela Shiffrin claimed victory in a nailbiting Super-G on the first day of racing at the world championships on Tuesday.
It was a day of starkly contrasting fortunes for the two figureheads of the U.S. ski team.
Shiffrin - Run - Sofia - Goggia - Seconds
The 23-year-old Shiffrin had just put down what turned out to be the winning run, edging out Italian Sofia Goggia by 0.02 seconds, and was watching the screens in the finish area as speed queen Vonn started.
Former Olympic champion Vonn, winner of 82 World Cup races, began well but lost her line as she approached a small jump and hit a marker gate, before careering across the slope at high speed and into the safety netting.
Shiffrin - Vonn - Course - Officials - Medics
Shiffrin could hardly bring herself to watch as Vonn was attended to by course officials and medics, but thankfully the 34-year-old got back on her skis and made her way to the bottom.
She waved to the crowd and received warm applause.
Layout - Problems - Racers - Shiffrin - World
A technical layout had caused problems for many of the racers, but Shiffrin, who already has 56 World Cup wins including 13 this season, got the balance between speed and line just right as she powered to gold.
It was her fourth world title but the first three had all been in slalom,...
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