Gut triumphs in La Thuile as Vonn crashes out
Lindsey Vonn's wait for her eighth FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill globe goes on after she failed to finish in La Thuile as Lara Gut's stunning run took victory.
Vonn went into the maiden event at the resort in Italy with a chance of recording a sixth downhill win of the season and closing in on a record eighth discipline title.
However, her day ended badly as she pushed hard to beat Gut's time of one minute 35.57 seconds, Vonn losing a ski in the third sector and sliding down the piste.
Vonn - who is now 126 points clear of Cornelia Huetter, who finished second behind Gut, in the discipline standings - turns her attentions to Saturday's downhill event at the same resort and securing that title ahead of the final race of the season in St Moritz on March 16.
Early pacesetter Nadia Fanchini enjoyed a good day as her time of 1:36.60 gave her third place.
Huetter was only one hundredth faster than the Italian, but Gut smashed their times.
She crossed the line 1.02 seconds faster than Huetter and watched on as Viktoria Rebensburg (+1.93secs), Tina Weirather (+1.43secs), Fabienne Suter (+1.17secs) and Vonn all failed to get close.
Victory moves Gut to the top of the overall standings ahead of Vonn.