Lindsey Vonn breaks downhill win record
CORTINA, Italy — A day after breaking Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record of 36 downhill wins, Lindsey Vonn notched another World Cup victory, number 75, in Sunday’s super G in Cortina, Italy.
The back-to-back victories moved Vonn into the overall World Cup lead by 45 points over Lara Gut of Switzerland.
Truckee native Stacey Cook, meanwhile, finished a career-best eighth in the super G and was 15th in the downhill.
“Super G is definitely a tougher event for me: I have no consistency in it at all, so I’m happy when I can throw down a run that is in there with some of the best,” Cook said. “I’m really psyched about the time, more psyched about how fun it was, because the snow was about as perfect as you could ever ask for.”
Vonn took victory No. 75 in commanding fashion by 0.69 over Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg was third.
Sunday’s win marked the 11th of Vonn’s career at Cortina. She has also swept both the downhill and super G at the Italian resort three times in her career.
“This place is incredibly special for me,” Vonn said. “I’ve broken quite a few records here. I’m always confident and happy here when I’m in the starting gate, and I think that shows with my skiing. I wish we had more races here.”
On Saturday, it looked like Vonn was going to take the win by a large margin, but Larisa Yurkiw of Canada reproduced her best World Cup result to take second, just .28 seconds behind. Gut rounded out the podium in third.
The next challenge for Vonn is to reach Ingemar Stenarmk’s overall World Cup win record of 86.
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