Hundreds of high school skiers were in Taylors Falls Friday for one of Minnesota’s biggest and most competitive downhill ski competitions — the Wild Mountain Invitational. It’s a good, early test to see who will be contenders at the state meet in February.
The new Beaver Creek downhill course features a gliding section near the start for a skier to drop into a tuck and build speed. There are technical turns in the middle, followed by a steep part — maybe the steepest on the World Cup circuit — and then a giant jump at the finish.
Still recovering from right knee surgery, Lindsey Vonn has decided to skip Saturday’s season-opening race in Austria, preferring to return next month. Vonn has been training on the glacier in Soelden for the last week and made her decision Wednesday.
Lindsey Vonn is skiing in Chile and way ahead of her rehab schedule with the Sochi Olympics five months away. The four-time World Cup overall champion returned to the slopes over the weekend nearly seven months after her injury.
Lindsey Vonn set a women’s record for the most World Cup points in a season after finishing eighth in Saturday’s slalom. The race was won by Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria.
When Hastings senior Dustin Erickson competed in the state Nordic skiing competition last week, his doctors called it a miracle. That’s because Erickson came very close to never being able to walk again, let alone ski.
By any measure, Lindsey Vonn’s impending divorce is not affecting her on the slopes. If anything, it’s motivated her.
Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn escaped major injury after slamming her head on the slope during training, six days before the opening race of the world championships.