Vonn's 64th World Cup win "inconceivable" to me

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  1. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you may have heard that Lindsey Vonn won her 63rd and 64th World Cup ski races last week - at the age of 30. I cannot comprehend the athleticism, courage, tenacity, threshold for pain, etc. that she displayed to get there. Most of the top echelon of ski racers are happy to earn World Cup points. 10 wins is an awesome career. 64? Get out of here.

    And Lindsey did it in the speed side of the sport - Downhill and SuperG where the falls are brutal and extreme knee injuries plentiful. The great Swede Ingemar Stenmark won some 80 ski races in the 1980s, but he was only racing slalom and giant slalom - the two slower and safer of the four ski racing disciplines.

    RESPECT!!!!



    Oh, and at least Tiger Woods is getting near the top of the leaderboard again - by proxy.
     
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    That's very cool! But alas I have been living under a rock this week. Time to climb out now.
     
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    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    World Championships start next week in Vail/Beaver Creek. I would to see Vonn, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Michaela Shiffrin all find a way to score gold. Love the Grampa Bode Audi commercial about taking risks.

    Here is Ruby getting psyched for World Champs last summer:

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    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Bronze for Vonn in the Super G at World Championships. One more chance for Gold in the DH. Still rooting for Vonn (DH), Miller (DH, SG), Shiffrin (SL) and Ligety (GS, SL) to all get a gold! That would be a record.

    I'll pretend any of you care about other mountain sports. Skiing is very similar to MtB, btw. :thumbup: :wave:
     
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    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Ahhh crap... 5th place in the DH. She was a little ragged and got on her uphill ski a couple of times. Bummer. 1.05 seconds off.

    And this news REALLY SUCKS! <a class="postlink" href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2015/02/05/bode-miller-crash-super-g/22928645/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ol ... /22928645/</a>

    I'll still pretend anyone cares.

    I'll stop rooting for the Americans right now before I cause any more disastrous results. Go Austria! Go Slovenia!
     
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    I don't follow skiing much, even though I did grow up on skis... Hard to avoid when there was a 10,000 square mile patch of frozen lake right out my back door. :D

    The Wall Street Journal had a pretty good article this week on her physical training, and the changes she's made on the road back.
     
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    My strategy is working! American Travis Ganong got Silver in the World Champs DH, and Steve Nyman was just off the podium in 4th. Nice!

    Bode's in the hospital. Not nice.

    Go Austria, Switzerland, France, Norway and Slovenia!!!! :silent: :shh:
     
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    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    SPOILER ALERT! I know most of you recorded the World Championships coverage so you will be watching ski racing instead of the Grammys tonight. If that's you, do not read any further...


    The "I'm gonna root for another country" strategy is still having a positive effect. Today was the super combined - which is one run of DH combined with one run of slalom. No, not at the same time and thankfully not on the same skis. The DH guys spend little or no time training slalom, and the slalom guys spend little or no time training DH - so why not put the two disciplines together as one race and make everyone feel awkward?

    Today the last place DH qualifier got the gold with a ridiculously smoking run of SL. The second-to-last place DH qualifier - our very own Ted Ligety - uncorked a smokin' slalom run of his own to claim the bronze for the event. Very entertaining.

    In actuality, they only took the top 30 finishers from the DH to advance to the Slalom, so Hirscher finished the DH in 30th, Ligety in 29th. Regardless - good stuff from those two.

    Now I need a strategy to bump our skiers from silvers and bronzes up to gold. Maybe if I root for the Canadians! Or the Seahawks! (What - too soon?)
     
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    Finally! US Gets a gold at World Championships through the stellar skiing of Mikaela Shiffrin in Slalom! She won the first run handily, but lost her lead halfway down the second run - only to accelerate with a blast over the last ten seconds of the course to get her win by 0.3 total. So, at age 19 she has two Slalom World Championships Golds, 1 Olympic Gold and two World Cup Slalom season championships globes. Not bad. I raced Masters with her mom before I left Colorado in 1999 - she smoked me, if I recall.

    Mens' slalom tomorrow. Go Canada! :shh:

    EDIT: I just found out that Ted Ligety won the GS yesterday! That gives him three straight World Championship Golds in GS. Uh---mazing. Not sure how I missed this yesterday, except I've been getting home at 9pm over the past week. Ligety has won a ton of World Cup races and globes as well. I believe he earned several Olympic medals too.

    Now we're talking! So veterans Vonn and Miller couldn't quite pull it together (Vonn did manage a bronze in Super G), but the other studs pulled through!

    :thumbup:
     
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    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Funny - 4 years later the 64 wins I called inconceivable in 2015 jumped to 82 since then. Mind blowing given the severity and frequency of her injuries.

    Lindsey finished her World Cup/World Championship ski racing career today with a courageous and precise performance good enough for a podium finish (bronze) at World Championships in the DH. This after a nasty crash in the Super G on Tuesday in which she slapped the slope with her face at 65 mph. After ten minutes to collect her wits, she put her skis back on and skied down.





    The GOAT - the notoriously shy Swede Ingemar Stenmark (86 World Cup wins) - was there for Lindsey today. Her suit was white with blue and gold stripes in homage to the host nation Sweden and Ingemar. Worth noting that Stenmark got all of his wins in slalom and GS - the slower, technical events where injuries are not that common compared to Vonn who was a DH and SG racer mostly.

    I was hoping that she and the amazing Aksel Lund Svindal from Norway who retired after grabbing silver in the mens DH yesterday would announce their engagement today and go off to a trailer and reproduce. But I learned today that Vonn is all in on PK Subban of the Nashville Predators. Damn.

    Thank you Lindsey. You are amazing. Any athlete in any sport can learn a lot from your career.
     
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    Who is Lindsey Vonn?
     
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    She invented those diagrams, right!
     
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    Wow, Lindsey Vonn is an even better athlete than Kelly Slater!!!

    What’s a TV?
     
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    Lol, I love that bit!:Roflmao
     
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    Speaking of which...Happy Birthday Kelly Slater!
     
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    Lindsey is sponsored by Red Bull, so...
     
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    LOL almost posted the same thing. :laugh:
     
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