Skip to content

Lindsey Vonn faster in second Val d’Isere training run

Dec 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Lindsey Vonn AP

Lindsey Vonn was in podium form in her second downhill training run in Val d’Isere, France, on Thursday.

The Olympic downhill champion was the second fastest woman, .04 behind Swiss Dominique Gisin. Vonn, 29, was 12th in the first training run Wednesday. There is one more day of training Friday before Saturday’s official downhill race.

“I’m happy with my skiing today, but I can still make some adjustments with my line,” Vonn said, according to the U.S. Ski Team.

Vonn, 29, returned from major right knee injuries in Lake Louise, Alberta, two weeks ago and competed in three races, improving each day with a 40th and an 11th in downhills and a fifth in a super-G.

She told reporters after her final race there that she might race one or two more times before the Olympics in February.

“I want to make sure I at least get on the podium once, if not win before going into Sochi,” she said Dec. 8. “For me mentally I really want to have that in my back pocket.”

If Vonn races a World Cup again after Val d’Isere, it likely would not come until January because there are no speed races the rest of 2013.

There are downhills in Altenmarkt, Austria; Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy; and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on consecutive weekends beginning Jan. 11.

Vonn has competed at Val d’Isere once since 2010, but her track record there is spectacular. She’s about half of her races there, including World Championships in the downhill and super-G in 2009.

U.S. Snowboarding, Freeskiing Olympic selection standings

Latest Posts
  1. Five takeaways from U.S. Track and Field Championships

    Jun 29, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    The U.S. appears headed for a historically strong World Championships medal haul.

  2. Boston 2024 releases Olympic bid version 2.0 (photos)

    Jun 29, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT

    Boston 2024 Olympic Stadium

    “The critical issue that everyone asks is, ‘Can we run a privately funded Games with a surplus?'”

  3. Yannick Agnel withdraws from World Swimming Championships

    Jun 29, 2015, 11:09 AM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    Agnel isn’t the only men’s swimming star who will be absent from Worlds.

  4. Justin Gatlin wins 200m at U.S. Championships in another personal best

    Jun 28, 2015, 8:39 PM EDT

    AP AP

    The women’s 800m final was the craziest of the day.

  5. Bernard Lagat emotional after missing first Worlds team since 2005

    Jun 28, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT

    AP AP

    Three first-time Worlds members in the women’s 5000m.

  6. Allyson Felix wins 400m, fastest women upset at U.S. Championships

    Jun 27, 2015, 7:49 PM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    The world’s fastest 400m woman in 2014 and 2015 failed to qualify individually for Worlds, but she still might make it.

  7. WATCH LIVE: U.S. Track and Field Championships — 4 p.m. ET

    Jun 27, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt are among those in action.

  8. Tyson Gay, Tori Bowie take U.S. 100m titles; Carmelita Jeter hurt

    Jun 26, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    A 2012 Olympic champion failed to qualify for a final and won’t go to the World Championships.

  9. WATCH LIVE: U.S. Track and Field Championships — 10 p.m. ET

    Jun 26, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT

    AP AP

    Watch the men’s and women’s 100m finals on NBC Sports Live Extra.

  10. Five Olympic questions with Pieter van den Hoogenband

    Jun 26, 2015, 3:46 PM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    The Dutch swimming great reminisced about Michael Phelps and picked his dream relay quartet.

  11. U.S. qualifiers for World Track and Field Championships

    Jun 26, 2015, 1:58 PM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    Athletes are earning spots at this weekend’s U.S. Championships.

  12. Trevor Moore, U.S. Olympic sailor, missing in Florida

    Jun 26, 2015, 10:02 AM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    An unmanned boast was found near a Miami marina.

  13. Galen Rupp, Molly Huddle win 10,000m on U.S. Championships opening night

    Jun 25, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

    Galen Rupp Getty Images

    Also, a teenager became the fourth fastest American man ever in the 100m.

  14. Andreea Raducan will not be reinstated as 2000 Olympic all-around champion after meeting with IOC president

    Jun 25, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    Raducan was stripped after a team doctor gave her cold-medicine pills that contained a banned substance.

  15. World Beach Volleyball Championships preview

    Jun 25, 2015, 1:57 PM EDT

    Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross Getty Images

    Kerri Walsh Jennings concedes she and April Ross are not the favorites.

  16. Five Olympic questions with Steve Nash

    Jun 25, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    Nash reflected on sneaking beer into the 2000 Closing Ceremony and a cauldron malfunction at the 2010 Opening Ceremony.

  17. Usain Bolt out of Jamaican Championships

    Jun 25, 2015, 9:36 AM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    Bolt does not need to compete at Nationals to be eligible for the World Championships.