Lindsey Vonn passes Moser-Proell for most World Cup wins
By the numbers
• 62 World Cup wins in 174 starts
• First podium Jan. 25, 1969 in St. Gervais, France finishing second in downhill, in what was also her first World Cup start, at age 15
• First World Cup win Jan. 17, 1970 in Maribor slalom at age 16
• Final World Cup win Jan. 16, 1980 in Arosa combined
• 113 World Cup Podiums
• 63 World Cup wins in 333 starts
• First World Cup start Nov. 18, 2000 in Park City slalom at age 16
• First World Cup podium Jan. 18, 2004, finishing third in Cortina downhill at age 19
• First World Cup win Dec. 3, 2004 in Lake Louise downhill at age 20
• 108 World Cup podiums
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — The alpine ski racing world once thought that Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell’s string of 62 World Cup wins from 1970-1980 would never be broken.
Then came Lindsey Vonn.
Vonn tied Moser-Proell’s record with a downhill win in Sunday’s Cortina, Italy, downhill, then surged ahead and into the records books with her 63rd career victory Monday in the super G.
“It’s amazing — words can’t describe my feeling,” Vonn said. “Sixty-three feels incredible. I’m really proud of what I’ve done and I’m excited about the future.”
Vonn put down a near flawless super G run to claim the victory ahead of Austria’s Anna Fenninger and Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather. The win boosted Vonn into fourth in the overall World Cup standings behind Mikaela Shiffrin, who is in third. Vonn moved into third in super G and continues to lead the downhill standings.
Four Americans cracked the top-30, including Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley in 12th, Laurenne Ross in 17th and Truckee native Stacey Cook in 19th
Vonn needed 333 World Cup starts to eclipse Moser-Proell, who reached her 62 victories in just 174 starts, with her first win coming at age 16. Vonn won her first World Cup race at age 20.
On Sunday, Vonn pulled into a tie with Moser-Proell with a win in the Cortina downhill, winning by .32 over Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl.
After two days of snowfall, a patchwork of clouds against the blue sky were mixed with bands of fog on the Olympia delle Tofane course in the 1956 Olympic city of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Vonn took the early lead coming off a steep face into a band of fog and kept it through the finish, building continually down the course on which she had won seven times previously.
Vonn was a little shaky out of the start, but quickly found her rhythm in the soft snow.
“The snow was really soft and I’m not good when it’s soft. I’m from Minnesota and we used to race on ice,” Vonn said. “I wasn’t very fast on the top.”
Her biggest challenge came from Goergl running two racers later. Goergl jumped out to a lead and looked to challenge, but didn’t have the speed Vonn had coming into the finish.
Five Americans finished in the top 18, including Ross in ninth, Alice McKennis 11th, Cook 16th and Mancuso 18th. It was McKennis’ best finish of her injury comeback season.
A shortened Cortina downhill became more of a sprint course on Friday, with Ross leading the USA with a fourth-place finish, just three-hundredths off the podium.
Mancuso was eighth and Vonn 10th. Host Italy had its day with Elena Fanchini taking the win by .15 over Canada’s Larisa Yirkiw. Viktoria Rebensberg of Germany was third.
Ross took the early lead out of the top starting position on a course that was shortened by nearly 20 seconds from Thursday’s lone training run due to weather. The start was in the fog with light snow falling during the race.
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