Saturday in South Korea started off with another hour-long wind delay for the Women’s Super-G at Jeongseon Alpine Center. The first runs got underway at noon local time, kicking off with American Lindsey Vonn first out the gate. A small mistake towards the bottom of the course meant Vonn would finish tied for sixth place overall, 0.38 seconds behind the winner, Ester Ledecká of the Czech Republic.
The winner, Ledecká, is perhaps the biggest surprise of the Olympic Games thus far, as she is the current World Champion in snowboard parallel giant slalom (Ledecká is expected to compete in the Olympic Snowboard GS on Thursday). She shocked some to the biggest names in Women’s Alpine Skiing with her first ever Olympic skiing podium, edging out defending Olympics Gold Medalist Anna Veith, of Austria, by a mere 0.01 seconds. Tina Weirather, of Liechtenstein, rounded out the podium by winning a bronze 0.11 seconds behind Ledecka, and 0.01 seconds ahead of current World Cup leader Lara Gut, of Switzerland, who finished fourth.
Three other Americans competed in the event, each of them finishing just a little more than a full second behind first place. Breezy Johnson of Jackson Hole, Wyo., finished in 14th place, Laurenne Ross of Bend, Ore., finished in 15th, and Alice McKennis of New Castle, Colo., rounded out the American women in 16th. Read full results here.
Vonn, plus Mikaela Shiffrin and more from Team USA, will compete in the Women’s Downhill this week. The first training run is scheduled for Sunday night in the USA, and, pending more weather delays, the final is planned on Tuesday night in the USA (Wednesday morning in South Korea).
Women’s Slopestyle Final
In an international field stacked with heavy talent, the Swiss won gold and silver in Women’s Slopestyle after three runs at Phoenix Snow Park on Saturday. Sarah Hoefflin scored a 91.20 on her third run, which was enough to out-score her Swiss teammate Mathilde Gremaud, who was second. Gremaud was in first throughout most of the competition with a score of 88.00, which she earned on her first run. Isabel Atkin, of Great Britain, scored a 84.60 on her third run, nudging out American Maggie Voisin from the podium by only 3.40 points.
After braking her ankle during practice four years ago in Sochi, it was the first Olympic competition for Voisin, of Whitefish, Mont. Her teammate and defending Olympian Silver Medalist, Devin Logan of West Dover, Vt, finished in tenth place with a high score of 56.80. See full results here.
The American men, including favorite Gus Kenworthy, will get their shot at the Phoenix Park Slopestyle Course on Sunday in Korea (Saturday night in the USA). Read about the key American’s we’re keeping an eye on.