Lindsey Vonn clinches record season title after Facebook gaffe
Lindsey Vonn‘s desire to win is so intense that, after one of her skis detached on a bumpy turn in Friday’s World Cup downhill, she later pulled out a hammer and pounded on the broken ski’s binding.
Vonn had the bit of frustration filmed (also telling of that intensity), and it was briefly posted on Facebook (video below the story) before being deleted. Vonn later apologized.
It makes one wonder Vonn’s reaction to her finish in Saturday’s downhill, also in La Thuile, Italy.
She placed second, .14 behind Italian Nadia Fanchini, but clinched her record-breaking eighth World Cup downhill season title and 20th season title overall. Full results are here.
“I’m really happy with my second place,” Vonn told media in La Thuile. “It was good for my self-confidence. I was a little bit unsure of myself after yesterday.”
Vonn is the favorite in any downhill or super-G race she starts (and, unlike Friday, finishes), so Fanchini’s victory was an upset.
But Vonn’s downhill season title broke her ties with retired Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll (most downhill titles) and retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark (most titles in all disciplines and overall).
“It’s kind of more than I ever dreamed was possible,” Vonn told media in La Thuile.
Of the video she deleted Friday, Vonn said she “should have just done boxing with my trainer” to vent, according to The Associated Press.
“I’m always usually careful with what I do and say on the social media platforms, and I just didn’t really think it through,’' Vonn said, according to the AP. ''I was a little bit too emotional. It was a good lesson for me. I just have to remember that I have a lot of people looking up to me, and I can’t let my emotions get the best of me.’'
Earlier, Vonn apologized through a statement and on Facebook for the hammer incident.
“This was a huge mistake born out of the frustrating race I had today and was in no way, shape or form a reflection on the performance of the Head race team, and the Head skis and bindings which I race on and which have been instrumental in my success,” Vonn said in a statement. “In fact, thank goodness the binding released as it should [during the race], preventing a possible injury.
“The video was posted on social media to express my emotions but I understand how it could be misinterpreted.”
“I love my Head skis and bindings and I cannot apologize enough to Head and the Head race team for today’s unfortunate event.”
Vonn’s runner-up on Saturday also moved her back into the standings lead for the World Cup overall title, the sport’s biggest prize this season with no Olympics or World Championships. Vonn tops Swiss Lara Gut by 43 points with a month left this season.
Vonn will look for her 77th World Cup win again on Sunday in a super-G in La Thuile. She’s 10 wins shy of the career record held by Stenmark.