Lindsey Vonn is planning on skiing the full, five-race Alpine program at Whistler Creekside.
Although Vonn skis the full program on the World Cup, she has only experienced consistent success in two disciplines, occasional success in two others, and is looking for her first breakthrough in the fifth.
The U.S. Ski Team women's head coach Jim Tracy and NBC analyst Christin Cooper briefly analyze Vonn's strengths and weaknesses in each event.
|Event||Record ||Analysis||2010 Games result|
World Cup: 17 victories, 29 podiums
2009 World Championships:
began the season with five consecutive World Cup downhill victories. A
fifth-place stumble in St. Moritz right before the Games showed that
she is beatable, but she will still be a huge favorite to win gold.
|Jim Tracy: "Strong bodies make strong minds. If you have a strong mind,
you're usually able to mentally know that you can ski a more direct
line in places than others can."|
Christin Cooper: "Lindsey's fitness allows her to control longer, stiffer skis. She is the only woman using men's speed skis, designed and built for bigger, stronger skiers. The skis' tortional stiffness require more strength but allow her to generate more power and speed in the turns, while their longer running surface means they glide faster on the flats."
World Cup: 3 victories, 8 podiums
2009 World Championships: Disqualified for hooking a gate in slalom.
In both super-combined events this season, Vonn surged to a huge lead in the speed portion and ended up with first and third-place finishes after solid, if unspectacular, slalom races.
|JT: "Lindsey’s very confident, she knows she has very fast material, and she has a good feel for speed. When that happens, it makes it easier to move into another event."|
CC: "She has the mental focus and physical fitness to handle a multi-disciplinary day. With speed as her strong suit, she often brings a healthy lead into the slalom portion. This allows her to gauge what her competitors have done and have the luxury of choosing a more conservative - and safe - run in slalom."
|DNF-SL (skied out in slalom)|
World Cup: 9 victories, 18 podiums
2009 World Championships:
Although her win streak in downhill ended prior to the Games, she maintained her win streak (currently, three) in super-G. The event seems custom-made for her love of high speed and challenging turns.
|JT:"In super-G, you get one inspection, so you have to be very confident in your ability to judge speed, to know where the course is going to be fast, to know where the jumps are going to be bigger, and to be able to put that all together."|
CC: "Being stronger allows her to take a direct line, condense the arc and hold and withstand the forces that many of her competitors can't. She has also improved her ability to memorize and anticipate potential danger spots, checking speed if necessary to maintain an even flow down the mountain."
World Cup: 0 victories, 0 podiums
2009 World Championships: Did not start
Vonn has never enjoyed success in giant slalom. One fourth-place among 10 top-10 finishes in her World Cup career are all she has to hang her hat on. However, she was in podium position before an unfortunate ski-out in Maribor in January.
|JT: "She's a very good GS skier, but to be really, really good in every event is almost impossible. You can't devote enough time to each discipline. There are just not enough hours in the day."|
CC: "The increasingly high speed turns of modern GS are negotiated in a more condensed space than in the speed disciplines, so there is less forgiveness of mistakes. Lindsey tends to go too directly at the gates in GS and load the ski up all at once."
|DNF1 (crashed in Run 1)|
World Cup: 2 victories, 5 podiums
2009 World Championships: Skied out in Run 2.
Since a runner-up finish in the season opener for slalom in Levi, Vonn has struggled to re-discover her form from 2009, when she was a contender for the podium in practically every race.
|JT: "Originally, when she was young, she was a slalom skier. She had really good technique for slalom when she was younger."|
CC: "She is still searching for the right 'set-up'. The process has been complicated by a mid-season wrist injury which threw off her slalom just as they were making progress. Her arm is healed now, but she is still working to rediscover the touch and feel she had in 2009."
|DNF1 (skied out in Run 1)|