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Vail’s Lindsey Vonn will be back in action this weekend, racing in a World Cup downhill and super-G at St. Anton, Austria. EagleVail’s Mikaela Shiffrin will skip those speed events but has committed to competing in speed events the following weekend in Cortina, Italy.
The two Vail Valley racers have a cumulative total of 134 World Cup wins, with Vonn topping the all-time women’s list with 82 victories. Shiffrin is fourth all-time with 52 wins and will be going for her record-tying eighth straight slalom victory Tuesday night in Flachau, Austria.
Vonn, out with an injury all season in what was supposed to be her farewell tour, tweeted about her return Tuesday morning:
“I’m not done yet! See you in St Anton this weekend #nevergiveup”
Vonn has decided to come back next season, at least for the early-season Lake Louise races in Alberta, Canada – a venue where she’s enjoyed unprecedented success. She’s also won numerous times at Cortina, where she’ll be competing head to head with Shiffrin.
Here’s a U.S. Ski Team press release on how to watch Vonn and Shiffrin in this week’s action:
Shiffrin, Vonn Highlight NBC Sports Gold Coverage This Week
Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) is back in action to kick off the first full week of 2019 World Cup action with a Tuesday evening slalom in Flachau, Austria. NBC Sports Gold will offer exclusive live streaming as Shiffrin goes for her eighth-straight World Cup slalom victory at 10 a.m. mountain time for the first run and 12:45 p.m. for the second run. … Read the Flachau preview here.
The first speed events of the year for the women are also scheduled for this weekend in St. Anton, Austria, and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.), has announced that she’ll start alongside her U.S. Ski Team teammates Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) and Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.).
However, all are anxiously watching the weather forecast closely as snow is expected throughout the week. NBC Sports Gold will offer exclusive live streaming of both the downhill and super-G this weekend.
Though she is the current leader in the World Cup super-G standings, Shiffrin has stated she will not race in this weekend’s super-G and downhill in St. Anton but does plan to return to speed next weekend in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
On the men’s side, giant slalom and slalom events are scheduled for Adelboden, Switzerland, Saturday and Sunday. Leading the U.S. Ski Team will be Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.), Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) and Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.).