It was surpassed by the Slovenian Ilka Stuhec, who retained the title, and by the Swiss Corinne Suter, 2nd
Sweden.- Lindsey Vonn, 34, of the United States, said goodbye to the alpine competition ski with a bronze medal in descent at the World Cup, this Sunday at Are, surpassed by the Slovenian Ilka Stuhec, who retained the title, and the Swiss Corinne Suter, 2nd.
“I was really hoping to win a medal here, I wanted to get on the podium one last time … go out the big door,” said the blonde from Minnesota.
On a track that was not in the best conditions, Stuhec, winner in 2017 at Sankt Moritz, became the first skier to retain the world title of descent since the Swiss Maria Walliser did in 1987 and 1989.
With the number 3, Vonn, who had announced that this test would be the last of his career, was in the lead for a few minutes, until the passage of Stuhec, who, with a time of 1 minute 1 second and 74 hundredths exceeded it in 49 hundredths A little later, despite the lack of light, Corinne Suter was interleaved in the second position.
Vonn, weighed down by physical problems in her knee since the start of the season, leaves the circuit with a total of eight world medals, two of them gold, three Olympic, including the first title of an American in decline, in 2010, and a record in the women’s category of 82 victories in the World Cup.
This Sunday she became the oldest world medalist.
tributes The Swedish ski legend Ingemar Stenmark, with 86 victories in the World Cup, went to the small station to pay homage to Vonn and deliver the bouquets on the podium.
“She is an incredible champion, with everything she has achieved, I was excited and I just wanted to show her my respect at those times,” explained the German Viktoria Rebensburg, who reached the finish line just after Vonn, before falling on her knees when she was I was still greeting the audience.
That was the first sign of affection of a long series of tributes to a skier with a unique record despite the ballast that meant for her injuries throughout his career.
This medal allows Vonn to add an eighth metal in six different worlds.
“Everyone knows how I am, I always take all the risks, that’s why I won so much, but that’s why I suffered so many falls and injuries, I was very nervous today, I did not want to end up in the networks like on Tuesday,” Vonn said. alluding to his fall in the Super-G in Are.
The favorites paid dearly for their mistakes on a track that did not forgive any after seeing their shortened route, and so Sofia Goggia, Ramona Siebenhofer, Nicole Schmidhofer or Ragnhild Mowinckel did not achieve the goal of the podium.
For Stuhec, gold means his return to the highest level after a 2017/2018 season in white due to a serious knee injury.