2014 Olympics: What to Expect from Lindsey Vonn at Winter Games in Russia

Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2012

SCHLADMING, AUSTRIA - MARCH 15: (FRANCE OUT) Lindsey Vonn of the USA wins the Overall World Cup SuperG globe during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's SuperG on March 15, 2012 in Schladming, Austria. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

The 2012 Summer Olympics are taking place right now in London, but it’s not too early to look forward to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Lindsey Vonn is likely going to be the biggest American star competing in any of the women’s events at the Sochi Games—and for good reason.

She’s perhaps the best alpine skier on Team USA and has consistently improved since the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Let’s take a look at which events she should excel in at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

 

Downhill

Vonn won the gold in this event during the Vancouver Olympics and the 2009 World Championships at Val d’Isere.

She may be the most dominant downhill racer in the sport and should have no problem outlasting the competition at Sochi.

Julia Mancuso, another member of Team USA, may be her biggest competition in this event, but it’s unlikely that anyone can best Vonn.

 

Super-G

The super giant slalom event is one that Vonn has had mixed results in.

She earned a bronze in Vancouver because she did not ski as aggressively as she should have during the end of the race, but many feel the course was set up to expose her shortcomings.

Regardless, Vonn should get her vengeance in Sochi during the Super-G.

 

Giant Slalom

Vonn has never been a great giant slalom racer, but she opened 2011-12 with her first win in the event during a competition in Solden, Austria.

She’s going to be a major longshot at Sochi to capture the gold medal, but Vonn can pull off the upset.