Olympic super combined champion Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) opened the 82nd Lauberhorn weekend in Wengen with third in the discipline that brought him Vancouver gold. Miller, second in the downhill portion, held on to the podium as Croatian Ivica Kostelic earned his third win of the season. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) moved up from 19th in the downhill to finish sixth and jump to third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings.
"The whole day was extremely frustrating. Slalom was miserable. It's not been going well. I had two or three runs that went well in training but from the moment I came out of the starting gate I knew it was not going to be a good day," said Miller.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) fought gusting winds to finish second on the Olympia della Tofane downhill in Cortina. Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) was sixth and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) ninth as Italian Deniella Marighetti captured the first victory of her career. Vonn now leads the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings by 244 points and the downhill standings by 127.
Said Vonn, "I'm really happy with today's race. It was tough conditions out there. It was really windy and we had to ski well and also have a little bit of luck. It could have gone either way. It could have been a lot worse, so second place is a solid result."
Lindsey Vonn also dominated the Cortina super G to notch the 47th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win of her career and launch ahead of Austrian great Renate Goetschl to stand alone at third on the women's all-time win list. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was fifth and Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) 10th as the U.S. Ski Team captured the Cortina Trophy, recognizing the most successful nation over the two-day race series.