For one day at least, it was a nice comeback story for U.S. Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn.
The famed skier, who lives and trains in Vail, the comeback was winning today’s World Cup Cortina downhill at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Despite missing a large number of races due to illness this season, Vonn still resides in fourth place in the World Cup overall standings, leading three Americans into the top 10.
Lake Tahoe skier Julia Mancuso placed ninth at the Cortina downhill.
Vonn had a time of 1 minute, 38.25 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course. Tina Maze, the current overall leader, finished second, 0.43 seconds behind. Vonn’s American teammate, Leanne Smith, was third, 0.89 seconds back
“’'m excited to be racing and I have that fire again. I trust that my body is strong enough to ski the way I want to ski,” Vonn said to Associated Press. “It wasn't always the case in all the races this year. I’m back to my old self and it’s a good feeling."
It was the 58th career Alpine World Cup win for Vonn – her fifth this season – and left four Americans in the top six in the Alpine World Cup downhill standings.
Vonn will race in the Super G Sunday in Cortina.
Vonn continues to lead to World Cup downhill standings, with Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain) second. Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) fourth and Smith sixth.
In the final World Cup downhill before the World Championships, McKennis was 11th, Cook 15th and Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) came in 27th.