The final downhill race of the season at Åre, Sweden, Wednesday 14 March saw yet another duel between clearly the best two female downhillers in 2018: the newly crowned Olympic champion Sofia Goggia of Italy and the long-time speed star Lindsey Vonn, USA.
After the cancellation of the additional training run in the morning for weather reasons (planned in order to be able to start from the top of the revamped ladies’ course to test the full-length of the slope to be used in the 2019 World Championships), the ladies race took place in variable light conditions and intermittent snowfall.
In the end, it was Lindsey Vonn who scored her fourth back-to-back downhill World Cup win, just 6 hundredths ahead of Goggia who finished 2nd . Today’s win was the 82nd World Cup win for Vonn who is now just four wins behind Ingemar Stenmark’s legendary 86 career victories.
Goggia’s second place in Åre meant that the Italian clinched her career’s first small globe, however tightly. In the season’s rankings, Goggia collected 509 points to Vonn’s 506. Alice McKennis of the USA rounded out the podium in today’s race while for the season, Tina Weirather (LIE) finished 3rd with 394 points.
Tomorrow, Thursday, the winners of the Ladies’ and Men’s Super G will be crowned. The ladies’ start at 10:30 followed by the men’s race at 12:00. For more information about the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Åre, please visit our website.