Veith wins super-G; Vonn exits with sore knee

From ESPN - December 17, 2017

VAL D'ISERE, France -- Olympic champion Anna Veith won a World Cup super-G race Sunday, more than two years after her last win, as Lindsey Vonn withdrew from the event due to soreness in her knee.

Veith, a 28-year-old Austrian, has been battling back from March surgery to repair the patellar tendon in her left knee. The procedure came after her December 2016 return from more than one year out following a training crash that heavily damaged her right knee.

"It was a pretty emotional day for me," Veith said. "When I stopped in the finish, I did not know what was going on. It's important for me to know I can do it in a race, trust myself. I did not race so much the last two years."

Veith profited from an early bib number to clock 1 minute, 5.77 seconds on the Oreiller-Killy course.

It was her 15th World Cup win and first podium since finishing third in super-G at the Italian resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo in January. Her previous win came in giant slalom at the French resort of Meribel in March 2015.

Victory came as a huge psychological relief to Veith, who before the injury was one of the world's best. She won the overall World Cup title in 2014 and 2015 and took silver in giant slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"After my surgery, I knew that the most important thing was to be in good shape and get my strength back," Veith said. "My injury was a very tough injury. All the girls know it's pretty hard to get over it."

Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was second in 1:06.25 -- her 35th World Cup podium -- with Italian Sofia Goggia third in 1:06.28.

Vonn decided against racing as a precautionary measure after the morning's inspection.

The 33-year-old American did not specify which knee was hurting, but she has injured both before. Last weekend, she jarred her back in a super-G race at St. Moritz in Switzerland.


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