Lindsey Vonn’s weekend went from bad to worse when, after hitting a rock in giant slalom the day before, the American star failed to complete her first run in Slalom at Aspen.
It simply wasn’t meant to be for the 25-year-old, who is seeking a hat-trick of World Cup crowns this season, as she had high hopes for the notoriously testing Aspen run, but problems with her equipment meant that Vonn was thrown off the course, much to her obvious disappointment.
"I got caught on my inside ski and boot-locked and it shot me out of the course," Vonn said after the first run. "This is a really tough hill. It's steep and it's constantly changing, twisting and turning. I came in well-prepared and positive, but sometimes things just don't go your way."
Lindsey was far from alone in failing to complete the course, which proved to be treacherous for several competitors. Almost a third of the first run starters failed to complete - 24 in total - and the view of those that did finish was that the course was excessively icy and extremely tough.
'Sometimes things just don't go your way.' – Lindsey Vonn
It was also a bad day for the American team in general, as none of the US skiers made it as far as the second run – a situation that had not occurred since the Ofterschwang Slalom in January 2008.
In Vonn’s absence, the slalom was successfully defended by 2008 champion Sarka Zahrobska, who produced a brilliant performance to defeat the field by over a second in the first run before going on to claim overall victory in the second run.
The 24-year-old former World Championship gold medalist from the Czech Republic has two World Cup victories to her name – both in Aspen and she was clearly pleased to be back on familiar territory once more.
FIS World Cup Aspen – Slalom results
1) Sarka Zahrobska (Czech Republic) 1:43.45
2) Marlies Schild (Austria) 1:44.03
3) Kathrin Zettel (Austria) 1:44.22
4) Susanne Riesch (Germany) 1:44.91
5) Maria Riesch (Germany) 1:45.40
DNF – Linsdey Vonn (USA)
FIS World Cup overall standings (after Aspen)
1) Kathrin Zettel (Austria) 220 points
2) Maria Riesch (Germany) 176
3) Tanja Poutiainen (Finland) 165
4) Kathrin Hoelzl (Germany) 136
5) Sarka Zahrobska (Czech Republic) 132
9) Lindsey Vonn (USA) 109