VAL D ISERE,FRANCE,16.DEC.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill training, ladies. Image shows Lindsey Vonn (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter

VAL D’ISERE, France – Lindsey Vonn, who’s already proven she can win in three disciplines so far this season, will try her hand at a fourth in tomorrow’s alpine combined at the picturesque French resort of Val d’Isere. Under crystal blue skies on Thursday, she skied a smooth and speedy line down the Oreiller Killy to lay down the fastest final training run heading into the next two days of races on the track.

Up first, the combined, in which Vonn admits she’s going to have to wing the slalom leg.

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“I’ve had about two days of slalom (training). So yeah, I feel like slalom, I just have to wing it. And I feel good, like I’ve been saying the last couple days. I feel really balanced on my skis,” said Vonn. “I’ll definitely have to ski very fast in downhill and then hopefully just have a solid slalom run. But I think it’ll be good practice for me going into Saturday’s downhill.”

With a downhill training run 0.32 seconds faster than Lara Gut of Switzerland even after standing up through the last gates on course and 3.56 seconds ahead of the skier who she considers her tightest competition in the combined, slalom ace Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria, Vonn might just be able to set herself up well enough in the downhill portion of the race to punch her ticket for another trip to the top of the podium. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein finished third, 0.89 seconds back, in the final of two training runs.

“I’d like a 2.5-second margin over Kirchgasser. That would be great. I don’t know if I’ll get it, but I am going to try,” Vonn said of the lead she hopes to have heading into tomorrow’s slalom. With other athletes scurrying off to squeeze in last-minute training on Thursday afternoon, would Vonn strap on the short skis for a few runs?

“Oh, no. No. When I said ‘I’m winging the slalom,’ I am literally winging it.”

American Alice McKennis clocked in 1.71 seconds off Vonn’s pace for 10th and Laurenne Ross, despite crashing in the finish area with no visible injury, tied with Corinne Suter of Switzerland for 12th. Teammate Jackie Wiles was 2.73 seconds out in 26th.

Stacey Cook unexpectedly caught an edge and some air before sliding off course, getting swallowed up in the gap between the slip skirt and A net like the victim of a ravenous Venus flytrap. She has struggled here before, logging her best finish at the venue with a 10th-place result in last year’s downhill.

“I caught air in a place I wasn’t expecting. I was trying to be a little more aggressive today and hit it at the wrong angle, I guess, and just kind of launched into the fence,” said Cook. “The fence came up quick. I thought I had it, in my mind, but then I didn’t have it anymore.”

After being extracted from the nets by course workers, Cook was able to ski down under her own power and is ready for another shot at the track.

“It was in a pretty easy section of the course, so it’s not like I’m intimidated by that section. Lindsey said there was a little but of a dish that was forming, so I’ll have a look at that in inspection and I think that’s an easy fix,” she reasoned.

The ladies will start with downhill on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. CET and ski an afternoon run of slalom at 1:45 p.m. CET.

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Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.
 1 16 537544VONN Lindsey1984USA 1:44.32
 2 9 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:44.64 +0.32
 3 14 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:45.21 +0.89
 4 12 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 1:45.39 +1.07
 5 5 55970SCHMIDHOFER Nicole1989AUT 1:45.67 +1.35
 6 3 56088TIPPLER Tamara1991AUT 1:45.94 +1.62
 7 18 515766SUTER Fabienne1985SUI 1:45.95 +1.63
 8 17 56128HUETTER Cornelia1992AUT 1:45.99 +1.67
 9 11 296472FANCHINI Elena1985ITA 1:46.01 +1.69
 10 24 538685MCKENNIS Alice1989USA 1:46.03 +1.71
 11 8 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:46.20 +1.88
 12 22 516319SUTER Corinne1994SUI 1:46.27 +1.95
 12 7 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA 1:46.27 +1.95
 14 19 56125PUCHNER Mirjam1992AUT 1:46.29 +1.97
 15 23 296431STUFFER Verena1984ITA 1:46.47 +2.15
 16 6 106849YURKIW Larisa1988CAN 1:46.60 +2.28
 17 26 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:46.64 +2.32
 18 10 55576GOERGL Elisabeth1981AUT 1:46.72 +2.40
 19 21 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:46.84 +2.52
 20 1 196968BAILET Margot1990FRA 1:46.85 +2.53
 21 29 425880SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth1991NOR 1:46.88 +2.56
 22 20 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:46.92 +2.60
 23 2 197295PIOT Jennifer1992FRA 1:46.93 +2.61
 24 42 299466DELAGO Nicol1996ITA 1:46.98 +2.66
 25 41 516145KUENG Mirena1988SUI 1:47.00 +2.68
 26 49 155563KRIZOVA Klara1989CZE 1:47.04 +2.72
 27 27 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA 1:47.05 +2.73
 28 4 245066MIKLOS Edit1988HUN 1:47.07 +2.75
 29 32 298323GOGGIA Sofia1992ITA 1:47.11 +2.79
 30 43 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI 1:47.18 +2.86
 31 39 565320FERK Marusa1988SLO 1:47.19 +2.87
 32 28 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 1:47.20 +2.88
 33 33 516185HAEHLEN Joana1992SUI 1:47.21 +2.89
 34 13 296008MERIGHETTI Daniela1981ITA 1:47.38 +3.06
 35 30 296427SCHNARF Johanna1984ITA 1:47.39 +3.07
 36 35 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:47.49 +3.17
 37 31 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:47.59 +3.27
 38 36 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON 1:47.82 +3.50
 39 38 55759KIRCHGASSER Michaela1985AUT 1:47.88 +3.56
 40 57 206520DORSCH Patrizia1994GER 1:47.97 +3.65
 41 40 197497MIRADOLI Romane1994FRA 1:48.06 +3.74
 42 47 197615BESSY Anouk1995FRA 1:48.14 +3.82
 43 34 56311REISINGER Elisabeth1996AUT 1:48.22 +3.90
 44 52 565333BRODNIK Vanja1989SLO 1:48.24 +3.92
 45 25 55913MOSER Stefanie1988AUT 1:48.30 +3.98
 46 44 197665LARROUY Noemie1995FRA 1:48.54 +4.22
 47 60 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:48.81 +4.49
 48 54 197641GAUCHE Laura1995FRA 1:48.95 +4.63
 49 56 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 1:49.00 +4.68
 50 55 299363ZENERE Asja1996ITA 1:49.03 +4.71
 51 53 56336DENGSCHERZ Dajana1996AUT 1:49.15 +4.83
 52 48 197592REILLER Gaelle1995FRA 1:49.28 +4.96
 53 46 56258AGER Christina1995AUT 1:49.38 +5.06
 54 37 206460WENIG Michaela1992GER 1:49.49 +5.17
 55 59 516284GISIN Michelle1993SUI 1:49.65 +5.33
 56 61 315187IGNJATOVIC Nevena1990SRB 1:51.46 +7.14
 57 58 565401BUCIK Ana1993SLO 1:51.67 +7.35
 58 64 465098CAILL Ania Monica1995ROU 1:52.63 +8.31
 59 63 56224MAIER Sabrina1994AUT 1:55.32 +11.00
 60 51 206548MAGG Ann Katrin1994GER 20:13.93 +18:29.61
Did not start 1st run
 62 115115BARAHONA Noelle1990CHI
Did not finish 1st run
 50 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI
 45 56200NICOLUSSI Kerstin1994AUT
 15 537582COOK Stacey1984USA