Lindsey Vonn falls, DNFs in Flachau giant slalom
Lindsey Vonn fell near the end of her second run in a giant slalom, losing more ground in the World Cup overall standings, in Flachau, Austria, on Sunday.
She was OK after the fall, according to the U.S. Ski Team.
German Viktoria Rebensburg won the race by a combined .94 of a second over Slovenian Ana Drev. Full results are here.
Vonn was in 10th place after the first of two runs and ceded more time in her second run before losing balance between gates, going wide of a gate and falling to the snow.
Swiss Lara Gut took 19th, upping her World Cup overall standings lead over Vonn from 38 to 50 points through 20 of a scheduled 41 races.
Gut was fourth after the first run and was contending for a top-five finish in the second run before a major mistake near the bottom of the course under falling snow.
Vonn’s primary goal this season is to win the World Cup overall title, the sport’s biggest prize with no Olympics or World Championships in 2016. She stressed re-adding giant slalom prowess to complement her downhill and super-G dominance in order to take the crown.
But Vonn has finished just two of her five giant slalom starts this season, including a victory in Are, Sweden, on Dec. 12.
Gut, meanwhile, has been the second-best World Cup giant slalom skier this season, in addition to being top-five in the downhill and super-G and winning the only super combined thus far.
Vonn will look to retake the World Cup overall lead in next weekend’s downhill and super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
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