Throughout the Alpine World Ski Championships in the Vail Valley in the first half of this month there was some awe inspiring skiing on display. There were also some big crashes.
Colorado has been the talk of the world. It was the third time the World Championships have been hosted at Beaver Creek and Vail, and the question on everyone’s mind was, when will the fourth World Championships be brought back to Colorado?
After such a big win, Mikaela Shiffrin was at a complete loss. Her quandary? How to celebrate.
Finally, Lindsey Vonn figured out a tricky course that had given her so much difficulty for nearly two weeks. She even took a momentary lead.
Anna Fenninger’s ski tips nearly crossed going from one turn to the next late in her run, lurching her violently forward.
Anna Fenninger of Austria has a comfortable cushion after the first run of the women’s giant slalom at the world championships Thursday, while Americans Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn are well back.
Lindsey Vonn smiled and waved to the hometown crowd after finishing a run that didn’t count. Out of view, she broke into tears.
Tens of thousands of people have packed in to watch the World Alpine Ski Championships — even celebrities have showed up like Tiger Woods. But the event is also bringing out some top officials from the nation’s capital.
Friday was a disappointing day for the American women, but that didn’t stop a massive crowd from coming out to watch. There are 70 countries represented with skiers at the event, and the stands are just as diverse.
Two races, one medal for Lindsey Vonn. Not gold, either, but bronze. This wasn’t exactly the start the skier from nearby Vail was hoping for at the world championships in front of a home crowd.