Lindsey Vonn makes late charge for 80th World Cup win

American skier earns bittersweet victory as teammate suffers injuries in crash

Lindsey Vonn makes late charge for 80th World Cup win
Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning the women's downhill race at the alpine World Cup event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday. © Lisi Niesner/EPA-EFE
By Eric Willemsen

By Eric Willemsen, Associated Press

Lindsey Vonn edged Italian rival Sofia Goggia by two hundredths of a second in a women's World Cup downhill on Saturday in Garmisch, Germany, for her 80th career victory.

The American standout trailed Goggia by 0.08 at the last split time but overcame the deficit in the final section. Cornelia Huetter of Austria was 0.13 behind in third.

Vonn and Goggia, the only racers with more than one downhill victory this season, are the main favourites for gold at the Olympic downhill in Pyeongchang on Feb. 21.

Shortly after Vonn's run, her American teammate Jacqueline Wiles suffered unknown injuries in a crash and had to be transported off the hill by helicopter.

Another downhill is scheduled for Sunday, the last World Cup race before the Olympics.