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Vonn dominates Cortina downhill training again

Vonn dominates Cortina downhill training again

Goggia, Vonn and Shiffrin all look like Olympic downhill medal contenders.

Vonn stands eight victories shy of the career wins record held by Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark (86), and she nearly certainly would have pulled closer Friday if not for the rut which deflected her right ski upward with the tip rising to the level of her waist. "It makes me realize how long we've been doing this", Vonn told the AP. "Hopefully I won't get caught in a bump again tomorrow. I'm proud that I kept fighting to the end".

Italy's Sofia Goggia, who lead an Italian sweep in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria last week, was fourth and American Mikaela Shiffrin fifth fastest a full 1.76sec off the pace. After winning both downhill training runs this week, each by almost a full second, she posted the highest top speed in the race of nearly 84 miles per hour. "In both training runs I proved that I'm in a good place and I'm skiing well".

"Lindsey made a mistake, but if she hadn't she would probably have won by a large margin".

Shiffrin, meanwhile, added to her overall World Cup lead and is second in the overall World Cup downhill standings as she continues to make huge strides in mastering the speed events with her second downhill podium finish of the season. She raced a super-G at Cortina past year, finishing fourth, but skipped the downhill there. I'm happy that I get to ski my last race here in Cortina - one of my favorite stops on tour.

The second downhill takes place on Saturday with the super-G on Sunday on the slopes in the Italian Dolomites. "I was looking forward to coming here, and the downhill, and really proving that I had what it took to make the combined team for the Olympics". Shiffrin and her mother Eileen, who also serves her as adviser and coach, have said Mikaela would be more likely to ski the speed events at the Olympics if the Cortina races went well.

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Four-time Olympic medallist Julia Mancuso announced her retirement as the American bid farewell by wearing a Wonder Woman outfit during her final run.

"It has been an epic battle with my hip injury, and the past three years I have put everything into returning to competition at the highest level and the goal to reach my fifth Olympic Games", reflected Mancuso.

"It's been a pretty emotional afternoon", Vonn said. I believed anything would be possible, and this journey shooting for the moon, left me with many bright stars.so here you go!

Mancuso leaves behind a legacy of skiing her best in the biggest races. It is with a heavy heart I have to say goodbye to ski racing, but I do so also with a very Full heart.

"It's sad. She's not there anymore". She always pushed me.


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