Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec swept to gold within the girls’s downhill on the Alpine Ski World Championships on Sunday, however her victory was eclipsed by a bronze medal for American Lindsey Vonn within the remaining race of her glittering profession.
STOCKHOLM: Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec swept to gold within the girls’s downhill on the Alpine Ski World Championships on Sunday, however her victory was eclipsed by a bronze medal for American Lindsey Vonn within the remaining race of her glittering profession.
Corinne Suter of Switzerland took silver, but it surely was Vonn who hogged the headlines as she introduced the curtain down on virtually twenty years by which she grew to become one of the profitable skiers of all time.
Vonn introduced earlier within the week that Sunday’s downhill could be her remaining race after a number of years spent battling a succession of accidents.
Having crashed out spectacularly within the Tremendous-G competitors on Tuesday, Vonn was third out on the shortened course and turned again the clock to provide the group a remaining glimpse of her very good ability, steadiness and focus.
After a considerably gradual begin, the 34-year-old picked up pace as she went, burning up the center of the course and cruising throughout the end line to grab the lead from Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg in a time of 1 minute and 02.23 seconds.
There to greet her with a bunch of flowers within the ending space was Swedish ski legend Ingemar Stenmark, whose file of 86 World Cup wins was lengthy a goal for Vonn. Ultimately she needed to accept 82 victories of her personal.
Vonn seemed set for a fairytale ending to her profession, however a flawless run by 2017 world champion Stuhec resulted in a time of 1:01.74 to place her within the lead by virtually half a second.
Suter managed to nip in between the pair to say silver, 0.23 seconds after Stuhec, however the occasion will likely be remembered for the worthy send-off for Vonn as she added the bronze to her haul of three Olympic and 7 World Championship medals.
(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge)