As if going through a public divorce wasn't going to be trying enough, there's one additional factor that figured to add to Lindsey Vonn's personal turmoil: The man she's divorcing is also her coach and closest advisor.
The Olympic gold medalist didn't show any sign of personal or emotional strain in her first competition since announcing that divorce proceedings had started with her husband, Thomas. Vonn dominated the field at a World Cup event in Alberta, Canada, this last weekend, winning the downhill race by a whopping 1.95 seconds, the largest margin of victory in her career.
Vonn would sweep the three events at Lake Louise and extend her lead atop the World Cup standings.
"It's definitely a lot more than I expected considering everything that's going on," Vonn told reporters after the race Sunday. "I didn't come into this race expecting this. Now I'm leaving here with a lot of confidence going into my home race, feeling good and ready to compete."
Home is Beaver Creek, near Vail, Colo., where Vonn will race in a rescheduled super-G race on Wednesday. She'll be seeking her first World Cup title on her home slopes.
"I've never won a race in the United States before," she said this week. "I'm hoping to change that on Wednesday."
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