Veith wins World Cup super-G; Vonn pulls out with sore knee

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 18, 2017

American Lindsey Vonn made the ideal return from a back injury and backlash at her anti-Trump comments by storming to victory in the World Cup super-G here on Saturday.

Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was second in 1:06.25 with Italian Sofia Goggia third in 1:06.28.

Vonn secured her first win of the season and record-extending 78th in Saturday's super-G on the same Oreiller-Killy course. Having done the morning's inspection, the 33-year-old American decided against racing as a precautionary measure. There are only slalom and giant slalom races to follow - not her specialty - until the next speed events in January.

"She will now head home to the U.S. to spend Christmas there."The 33-year-old star of the circuit who won Saturday's super-G said the move had been a precaution, having also withdrawn from a super-G in St Moritz last weekend with a back injury, for which she had treatment in Austria. Knee is a bit sore from yesterday so to be on the safe side I'm going to give my body some rest", she said on Twitter".

Ironically her withdrawal came after she said she was due some "good karma" after criticism of her form and a vicious backlash against comments she made about the U.S. government and President Donald Trump.

"I think I skied well", said Vonn.

The finest woman skier of her generation, Vonn was downhill gold medalist at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 but missed the 2014 games in Sochi because of a knee injury.

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