Reigning overall world champion Lindsey Vonn will be hoping to bounce back after skiing off course today in the FIS Women's World Cup slalom event in Zagreb, Croatia.
Vonn, who was named the female athlete of the decade by NBC's Universal Sports, injured her arm in a crash in the giant slalom in Lienz, Austria last Monday. Her injury clearly hampered her as she competed on the Crveni Spust course.
Struggling with pain, Vonn was 1.71 seconds off the pace after the opening run, forcing her to attack on the second; she missed the 15th gate and failed to finish.
"In the first run, my hand hurt," she said. "I just tried to grit my teeth, but I made a foolish mistake in the second run; I went full risk and maybe tried too hard. It's a shame because I'm losing my slalom form. I hope that in a couple of weeks' time, the pain will be gone.”
Vonn has now slipped to second in the overall World Cup standings. She finds herself five points behind close friend and rival Maria Riesch of Germany, who finished fourth behind younger sister Susanne. Sandrine Aubert of France claimed her second win of the season, finishing 0.43 seconds clear of Austrian Kathrin Zettel, who had led after the opening leg.
The women's World Cup moves to Haus im Ennstal, Austria next weekend for two downhills and a Super-G.
Follow Vonn's progress at the FIS World Cup site.
Current FIS Women’s World Cup Standings
1. Maria Reisch Germany 599 points
2. Lindsey Vonn USA 594
3. Kathrin Zettel Austria 569
4. Tina Maze Slovenia 400
5. Anja Paerson Sweden 346