Lindsey Vonn wraps up 20th crystal globe with second place in La Thuile

    Lindsey Vonn (left) took second place in the World Cup downhill in La Thuile behind Nadia Fanchini of Italy.

    Story highlights

    • Vonn second in La Thuile downhill
    • Wraps up WC downhill title
    • Regains WC overall lead
    • Apology for ski smashing incident

    (CNN)Lindsey Vonn certainly knows how to make the headlines.

    Not content with an eye-catching appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and wrapping up her 20th World Cup crystal globe, the American ski queen has had to issue an apology for a Facebook posting, later deleted, in which she was seen smashing her sponsored skis with a hammer.
    "I made a mistake and everyone does that. I am human. I had a lot of emotions yesterday and I should have just done boxing with my trainer," Vonn told gathered reporters in La Thuile, Italy Saturday.
    Her mea culpa came after finishing second in a World Cup downhill to home hope Nadia Fanchini, having failed to finish a race at the same resort Friday after her ski came off at 80mph (128kph)
    Vonn has been heavily favored to make it #LV77 victories on the World Cup circuit, but on a course shortened by strong winds on the upper section of the piste, Fanchini, off ninth, set a time of one minute 24.80 seconds which later starters, including Vonn, could not match.
    The American was 00.14 seconds slower, with another Italian, Daniela Merighetti, completing the podium.
    Friday's downhill setback was made worse by the eventual victory of her rival for the overall World Cup title, Lara Gut of Switzerland.