World Cup ski winners: Kathrin Hoelzl in Aspen, Didier Cuche in Lake Louise

Lindsey Vonn kept a streak alive, but it wasn’t a good one: she once again failed to get on the podium in a World Cup giant slalom. Instead, German world GS champion Kathrin Hoelzl won on Saturday at the Audi FIS World Cup giant slalom event in Aspen, with a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 9.63 seconds, on a course that many racers classify as the most difficult on the women’s GS circuit. “It was very very icy, but my material was perfect,” Hoelzl said. Read more about the race, as well as who finished second and third, at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup web site.

Didier Cuche was the fastest among the men on Saturday, winning an FIS World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise, Canada. The Swiss star had a .44 of a second margin over Italian Werner Heel (1:50.75) and fellow Swiss skier Carlo Janka ( 1:50.93).  On the down side, American TJ Lanning hooked his right ski, fell and injured his right knee. According to medical staff on site, the knee likely has significant ligament damage. He also complained of back pain before being lifted off the course by helicopter causing a 40-minute race delay. He was transferred to the Banff Hospital for x-rays. Read more.

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