If you're looking for high-speed action, look no further than our highlights of the weekend, with everything from the Winter X Games in Aspen to Supercross and skier Lindsey Vonn's continued quest for glory.
The weekend proved to be a very successful one for Vonn who only missed out on a hat-trick of wins by 0.03 seconds. A victory in the first Super Combined of the season was followed by another win in the Downhill on Saturday; a triumph that Lindsey was especially delighted with afterwards: “I've struggled in St. Moritz in the past and for some reason have always made major mistakes and have never won a downhill here. Today I just tried to stay really relaxed. I knew where I had to execute the line and I think I did that.” Not only did Lindsey execute the line, she outclassed all others, leaving second-placed Maria Hofl-Riesch 1.42 seconds behind to take the 49th world cup victory of her career.
Next up was Sunday’s Super Combined and Lindsey was just 0.03 seconds away from a hat-trick of wins but in the end it was Maria Hofl-Reisch who emerged victorious. “It would have been nice to have a hat-trick, but I’m really happy for Maria. Hopefully, I will get my 50th win in Maria's home in Garmisch.” Lindsey now leads the overall rankings by 387 points, and she’s also ahead in the Downhill, Super-G and Super Combined ranking.
While Lindsey was sweeping St. Moritz, Erik Guay (below) was securing a second place at Garmisch for his first podium of the season. Guay has been recovering from illness and had a three-day regeneration camp with Red Bull at the Stubaital. It seemed to do the trick with only Didier Cuche faster than him and Garmisch once again proved a happy hunting ground for the Canadian. “I just can’t explain it. I just feel like I’m unstoppable when I get here,” said Guay, of the venue where he became world champion one year ago.
The Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, meanwhile, saw many standout performances, though few enjoyed their weekend more than Mark McMorris. Guay's Canadian compatriot took home two gold medals after securing victories in the Snowboard Big Air and Slopestyle competitions. He was joined on the Big Air podium by another Canadian, Sebastien Toutant (below), who picked up the bronze.
Another big winner at the 16th Winter X Games was skier Bobby Brown who scooped gold in the Big Air competition on Saturday...
Over in California, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey put in another great showing in Round 4 of the AMA Supercross on Saturday night as he finished in fourth place and held onto the red number plate. James ‘Bubba’ Stewart picked up his first win of the season in Oakland to come back into contention at the top.
Dungey’s factory team-mate, Marvin Musquin, also excelled in the Lites class to finish second on the podium...
Back to the slopes and over 200 courageous skiers braved the extreme adventure of the Red Bull Huttenrallye at St. Anton in Tyrol, Austria. The freeski-6-cross contest lived up to its billing as an action-packed spectacle as local skier Christoph Wahrstötter, from Tyrol, won the grand final on Saturday.
In the UK, athlete Jeanette Kwakye won the 60m sprint at the Indoor Aviva International Match in Glasgow, running a blistering 60m in just 7.26 seconds, finishing two tenths clear of second-placed Yasmin Kwadwo of Germany. Jeanette's performance contributed to Great Britain winning the team event ahead of Russia, Germany, a Commonwealth Select squad and the United States. "It's nice to perform like that because I'm still in heavy training, it feels good," said Kwakye. "Compared to last year I felt a lot more confident in myself, the work I'm doing and my fitness. Technically we've been working on so many things, so my coach and I will pick that apart."