“I hope I can do it tomorrow. I will fully attack,” she said. “I am going to take risks, but I will also ski smart.”
The American said it was her goal to get a few points from the slalom — her weakest discipline — to make Sunday’s task a little easier.
“Slalom has been a struggle for me in the last couple of years,” she said. “I’ve got a couple of top 10s this season but have not been finishing very often so it was good step for me.”
After a clear, cold night, the sunshine softened the snow and made for difficult conditions.
“It was definitely really warm for the second run,” Vonn said. “It was tough. I personally don’t do well with really soft conditions. I struggled a little bit and maybe didn’t ski as aggressively as I could have done. But I had two solid runs without major mistakes.”
Vonn is also an outside contender for the GS title. She has to win the race while leader Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany fails to score points.
In that case, Vonn would win her record fifth crystal globe of the season after the overall championship, downhill, super-G and super combined titles.
“I’ve got a minor chance,” said Vonn, who won her first GS race this season. “I will give everything and hope to make the podium.”
Schild had already clinched the slalom title. She won six slalom races this season and 33 overall, leaving her one short of Swiss great Vreni Schneider’s record.
“I hoped to get that 34th victory today,” the world slalom champion said. “But finishing third was OK and there is always something you can do better next season.”
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