19-20 January 2019
Olympia delle Tofane - Cortina d'Ampezzo

Lindsey Vonn already ahead in Cortina

The American Lindsey Vonn, with 1’39 “12 was the fastest in the first official training session


Date: 21/01/2016 from 1315

The American Lindsey Vonn, with 1’39 “12 was the fastest in the first official training session of the downhill scheduled next Saturday in Cortina. Surprisingly, behind her in the rankings of the test there is the 23 years old American Jacqueline Wiles, separated by 28/100 of a second, with the Swiss Lara Gut, the most credible opponent to Vonn expected on Saturday, third at 60/100.

Lindsey, who won this season already three of the four played downhill races, did not show the feeling of pushing hard. “The track is beautiful – she says – and to get off on the Olympia delle Tofane is always fun. I did something wrong and I know what it was, so I can still improve”.

“To beat her you have to shoot her”, jokingly says instead Lara Gut, who however, as she always proved, is not one to give up a win.

Verena Stuffer, ranking fourth at 70/100 from Vonn, was the best of the Italians and has demonstrated a good feeling with the slope and with the snow. Fine Elena Curtoni too, seventh at 1 “55, and Elena Fanchini, winner of one of the two races last year, ninth at 1” 74 from the leader.

This first test had to unfortunately experience a serious accident. The Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer, 26 years old, in an attempt to rise from an imbalance after a jump, has probably suffered, according to the first diagnosis of the doctors on the course, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of her right knee. Promptly rescued, she was immediately transferred to the University Clinic in Innsbruck where the clinicians will carry out further diagnostic tests and, if necessary, promptly undergo surgery.

The second official training is scheduled for tomorrow at 10.15 and it will be broadcast live by Eurosport.



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