Brignone wins as Vonn crashes in delayed World Cup super-G
SOLDEU-EL TARTER, Andorra (AP) Lindsey Vonn was transported off the hill on a rescue sled after crashing in a women's World Cup super-G on Saturday while Federica Brignone of Italy took the win. The U.S. ski team had no immediate report on any injuries.
Racing in difficult conditions due to snowfall, Vonn had led Brignone by 0.32 seconds when she came off the race line and failed to recover as she slid off course on her left hip.
The race was interrupted for about 10 minutes as Vonn lay on the snow surrounded by medical staff and coaches.
The U.S. ski team said Vonn ''was taken off the mountain on a sled by ski patrol for evaluation. There is no immediate word on any injuries.''
Vonn has won nine races this season after overcoming a hampered preparation. She missed the season-opening in October after a 10-week layoff because of a broken ankle bone, a year after coming back from right knee injuries that kept her away from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Chasing her fifth title, Vonn was leading the overall World Cup standings going into the race, 23 points ahead of Lara Gut. The Swiss skier finished outside the top 15 and failed to overtake Vonn.
Earlier, strong winds and snowfall forced organizers to lower the start and delay the race by three hours, allowing course workers to move fresh snow off the course.
Weather improved during the delay but heavy clouds moved back in again after the race began.
Snowfall slowed later starters as many racers shook their heads or shrugged shoulders after finishing.
From the elite group of the seven best-ranked super-G skiers, which start 16th to 22nd, only Viktoria Rebensburg made it into the top 10. The German came 0.82 behind in seventh.
Brignone, who wore bob No. 8, timed 57.33 seconds on the shortened Aliga course to beat Vonn's American teammate Laurenne Ross by 0.13 and Tamara Tippler of Austria by 0.37.
It was the Italian's second career victory. A giant slalom specialist, Brignone earned her maiden win in the season-opening race in Soelden, Austria, in October, and Saturday's win was her first podium in a different discipline.