Vonn eyes swan song in 2018
Lindsey Vonn thinks she will end her stellar skiing career at the 2018 Winter Games before looking into ways of furthering an acting career.
The 27-year-old American believes stopping at 33 years old, after one final Olympics, would be perfect before settling into a different kind of life: swapping the white hills for the silver screen, and hopefully starting a family.
“My main goal is to ski at least until the 2015 world championships in Vail and then see physically how I’m doing, mentally if I’m still doing it,’’ Vonn said. “If I still feel great, I would love to keep going until the next Olympics [in 2018].
“I feel like, at that point, I’ll be ready for, hopefully, a life change and stay at home,’’ added Vonn, who is in the midst of her best World Cup start and well on the way to reclaiming the overall title she lost by just 3 points to Maria Hoefl-Riesch last season.
Yesterday in Courchevel, France, however Marlies Schild dominated her rivals and the treacherous course to win her second straight slalom race.
Schild, who won in Aspen, Colo., last month, finished ahead of Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen and Austria’s Kathrin Zettel.
Schild can make it three for three in slaloms this season if she wins tomorrow’s race in Flachau, Austria.
Schild would have been even faster if she hadn’t wobbled halfway down a crumbly course that claimed 18 racers in the first run, including Vonn. Hoefl-Riesch was second in her first run, but fell in the second.
Men’s Alpine - Massimiliano Blardone won his first World Cup race in two years as stars Ted Ligety and Marcel Hirscher struggled on the challenging Gran Risa course in Alta Badia, Italy.
Sixth after the opening run, Blardone had a blistering second trip down to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes 46.49 seconds.
Austrians Hannes Reichelt and Philipp Schoerghofer were second and third, and first-run leader Ligety settled for fourth.
Ski jumping - Andreas Kofler of Austria won a World Cup event in Engelberg, Switzerland, to extend his lead in the overall standings.
Kamil Stoch of Poland finished second. Norwegian Anders Bardal placed third after his victory Saturday.
Speedskating - Jilleanne Rookard and Jonathan Kuck won long-distance races in West Allis, Wis., to wrap up their first US speedskating allround long track championships.
Rookard, a 2010 Olympian from West Allis, posted a time of 7:08.58 to win the 5,000-meter race. Kuck won the 10,000 with a track record time of 13:17.28. He shaved almost five seconds off the record of 13:22.93 set by Olympic medalist Chad Hedrick in October 2005.
Nordic Combined - World Cup champion Jason Lamy Chappuis stretched his unbeaten streak to four events by winning a Gundersen 10-kilometer competition in Seefeld, Austria.
Bobsled - Thomas Florschuetz piloted Germany 1 to victory for his first four-man World Cup win in Winterberg, Germany, a day after winning the two-man event.
Florschuetz’s crew of Gino Gerhardi, Kevin Kuske, and Thomas Blaschek edged the Russian crew of Alexsandr Zubkov. Oskars Melbardis piloted Latvia to third. Olympic champion Steven Holcomb’s American crew matched Florschuetz for the fastest second run but settled for fourth overall.