Thousands cheer at Aspen World Cup finals |

Thousands cheer at Aspen World Cup finals

Lindsey Vonn and Laurenne Ross both crash

Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, California) led the way for the U.S. Ski Team on Thursday in a challenging super G at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals on another sunny, warm, spring-like Colorado day.

“It’s nice to be done with the season and also, it’s nice to be able push one last race and have a good result,” said Ganong, who finished eighth in his final World Cup race of the season and now heads off to Sugarloaf, Maine, for the U.S. Alpine Championships March 25-28.

Austria’s Hannes Reichelt took the men’s victory over Wednesday’s downhill winner Dominik Paris of Italy. Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway tied for third. Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, New York) was 17th.

In the women’s event, Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein mastered the soft, aggressive snow to take the victory and the overall World Cup super G title. Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec, who led the super G standings heading into Thursday’s race by just 15 points, finished second on the day, as Italy’s Frederica Brignone rounded out the podium in third.

Stuhec now trails Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colorado) by 198 points in the battle for the overall World Cup title with just two races remaining – slalom on Saturday and giant slalom Sunday in Aspen.

Both Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colorado) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, Oregon) did not finish the super G. Vonn skied through a gate and crashed, while Ross got knocked off balance in a compression and also crashed. Both were OK and skied to the finish.

“I think I just released the ski a little bit too early, and then once I realized that I didn’t have enough direction, I tried to really hammer on it,” said Vonn, who was working to carry her speed off the top portion of the course. “But I didn’t really have the strength or power to make it back. I almost had it, but I didn’t.”

“I’m not totally sure how I went down,” Ross said. “I think I just hooked up in a transition and high-sided, and landed on my side/bum/head. I slid for a while, but I’m OK.”

Up next, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals continue Friday with the team event, followed by slalom Saturday and giant slalom Sunday.

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