Canadian Guay claims men’s downhill; Vonn expected to race in Sunday’s downhill

Below is coverage of the first week if the World Championships. For coverage of week two, visit here.

DAY FIVE

Another day, another surprise at the World Championships as Canadian Erik Guay claimed the downhill gold on Saturday. But several of the top skiers, including Didier Cuche and Bode Miller, complained after the race that the current start system left them losers before they headed down the hill. Find out why.

The women’s downhill comes on Sunday and Lindsey Vonn is still planning to defend her title, despite the lingering effects of a training crash last week. Her coaches on Saturday would only say Vonn will race if she “feels OK.” Read more.

DAY FOUR

Austria’s Anna Fenninger took advantage of the favorites feeling less than their best on Friday to win the women’s super-combined event at the World Championships. Maria Riesch of Germany has been slowed by a fever; Lindsey Vonn cotinues to recover from the effects of a hard fall.

It wasn’t all bad news for Vonn, who finished 12th in the downhill portion of the race before skipping the slalom. “It wasn’t as bad as it was in the super-G (earlier in the week) … but  I’m not 100 per cent yet.” Read more.

DAY THREE

The downhill training session for the men showed that Super G winner Christof Innerhofer of Italy is running fast (he had the top time) but that Bode Miller isn’t far behind, with the second-fastest time. Read this story to see who else ran well in advance of Friday’s second training run and Saturday’s final at the World Championships.

Lindsey Vonn had an encouraging day, saying that she is planning to enter Friday’s super-combined race but still isn’t sure if she’ll complete it. After skipping the opening downhill training session Wednesday, Vonn completed a full run of training Thursday wearing a puffy white hooded-jacket and ski pants. After taking Wednesday completely off, she said “I feel better.” Read more.

DAY TWO

The second day of the World Championships produced another surprise winner: Christof Innerhofer of Italy won the super-G for his first major title. American Bode Miller had an amazingly fast run, for a guy who lost a pole, and finished 12th. Get the rest of the results, including where overall World Cup leader Ivica Kostelic of Croatia finished.

On the women’s side, Lindsey Vonn skipped the training run for Sunday’s downhill and said she will continue to stay off the ski hill “until I feel normal again.” Vonn continues to suffer the effects of a hard fall in training last week, during which she suffered a hard blow to the head. Read more.

DAY ONE

Lindsay Vonn’s still feeling it, but in this case that’s NOT a good thing. The American superstar, still dealing with a headache and other aches after a hard training fall last week, could only manage ninth in the Super G on Tuesday at the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl won, edging American Julia Mancuso took second. Learn more, including how Vonn  rival Maria Riesch fared.

PREVIEW

The World Championships of skiing aren’t a big deal? A vacation? That’s the word from Ivica Kostelic, a seven-time winner and overall World Cup leader so far this season. “For me, the world championships will be like a holiday,” the Croatian said recently. Read more from Reuters.

We’re betting that’s not the case for American Lindsey Vonn, who looks to defend her titles in downhill and super G, the latter race being held on Tuesday (Feb. 8). Vonn trails friend and rival Maria Riesch in the overall World Cup Standings after winning the title the past three seasons. And Lindsey just posted on her Facebook page that she was “shocked and disappointed at the condition of the hill …  I fear there will be a lot of DNF’s and crashes.” Read more.

Bode Miller might be hitting his stride at just the right time for a Worlds podium, earning bronze in a Super G on Saturday in Austria. Visit the official site of the Worlds for more details and a schedule.

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