Lindsey Vonn’s bid for success in giant slalom at the FIS World Cup in Aspen literally hit the rocks, as she dramatically failed to qualify for the second run after striking a boulder.
The World Cup leader hit a rock about halfway down the notoriously testing course in her first run and consequently slid some distance outside of a gate in the middle section to miss out on the top 30 positions for the second run. In Lindsey’s absence, Germany’s World Grand Slalom champion Kathrin Hoelzl took full advantage to claim first place by a narrow margin over Kathrin Zettel.
"I hit the rock and my right foot wasn't holding anymore," Vonn said. "I spun out on the flats - that doesn't normally happen. I was like, 'Oh god, from here on out, just try to make it down.'"
Vonn still has the slalom to come on Sunday and remains upbeat about the prospect of turning things around. "I'm just looking forward to the slalom," Vonn said. "I've hit rocks in training but it's the first time it's ever happened to me in a race. It's unfortunate it happened in Aspen but you just have to take what you get. Hopefully Sunday is a better day."
FIS Ski World Cup 2009/10 overall standings (after Giant Slalom)
1) Lindsey Vonn (USA) 1997 points
2) Maria Riesch (Germany) 1642
3) Kathrin Zettel (Austria) 1177
4) Anja Paerson (Sweden) 1113
5) Tanja Poutiainen (Finland) 1005
Follow Lindsey's progress in the slalom at FIS World Cup