Alpine skiing: Vonn pulls out of Super G race

Ruben Hill
December 11, 2017

She's targeting a historic season but Lindsey Vonn pulled out of a race in St. Moritz after injuring her back Saturday.

Lindsey Vonn finished a World Cup super-G race in extreme pain Saturday and was treated by race doctors for an apparent back injury.

The American former Olympic downhill champion "compressed her back" on the fifth gate during Saturday's Super-G race, finishing in 24th place.

"I am extremely disappointed but my biggest goal this season is the Olympics", said the 33-year-old.

The American star crossed the finish line in obvious distress, nearly one second behind the then-leader, and slumped to the snow.

Vonn's tentative run after jarring her back early on placed her 24th, trailing 1.56 seconds behind the surprise victor, Jasmine Flury of Switzerland.

Vonn, the finest woman skier of her generation, was treated for almost one hour following Saturday's race on the same course after suffering what she described as an "acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction".

As it was, Vonn didn't end up missing any time on the piste as Sunday's super-G, which was also to count for Friday's rescheduled combined discipline, was cancelled because of bad visibility.

Starting No. 14, Flury raced down in bright sunshine and little wind to be 0.10 seconds faster than teammate Michelle Gisin, who wore start bib No. 12.

Vonn is bidding to break Swede Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86 World Cup race wins.

Vonn missed the 2014 Games in Sochi with a knee injury.

Minutes earlier, her father Alan Kildow told the Associated Press his daughter was "OK".

"Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president", Vonn told CNN's Alpine Edge.

Vonn told CNN she took the Olympics and "what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony" very seriously.

"I want to represent our country well".

Next up for the women on the World Cup circuit will be a downhill and super-G next weekend in the French resort of Val d'Isere, with downhill training set for Thursday and Friday.

Hirscher, the six-time World Cup overall victor and slalom world champion, won Sunday's slalom in snowy conditions in Val d'Isere from Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen and Swede Andre Myhrer.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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