Vail’s Vonn sets US record with 19th World Cup win
VAIL, Colorado ” Vail’s Lindsey Vonn set an American record with her 19th women’s World Cup victory Sunday in a super-G.
The 24-year-old Vonn won in 1 minute, 21.72 seconds to better the previous record of 18 wins held by Tamara McKinney. Vonn finished second in a super-combi Friday and in a downhill Saturday.
“I was fighting all weekend for this and to finally get it on the last day is really special,” Vonn said. “This is something I’ve been working my whole life for.”
Bode Miller holds the U.S. men’s record with 31 World Cup victories.
Fabienne Suter of Switzerland was second on the Prampero course, 0.51 seconds behind Vonn, and Tina Maze of Slovenia was third.
Vonn skied again with a specially designed splint on her right hand. She sliced her thumb last week on a broken champagne bottle while celebrating a sweep of the speed races ” downhill and super-G ” at the world championships.
Vonn increased her lead in the overall standings to 299 points over Maria Riesch of Germany, who was 17th, with nine races remaining.
Vonn is the reigning overall champion. She became the first American woman since McKinney in 1983 to win the overall title. McKinney’s wins in the 1980s were all in slalom and giant slalom. No American woman has ever won back-to-back overall titles.
Vonn has won 11 downhills, four super-G’s, two super-combis and two slaloms. This was her sixth win of the season.
Anja Paerson of Sweden had a better time than Vonn until she swung wide on a tricky turn near the finish and missed a gate.
“It was a good weekend,” Vonn said. “I got a lot of points for the overall, especially today with Anja not finishing and Maria not having such a great day.”
Super-combi world champion Kathrin Zettel of Austria finished fourth and Nadia Fanchini of Italy held onto a slim lead in the super-G standings by placing fifth.
Fanchini leads the super-G ranks with 300 points. Suter follows with 296 points and Vonn has 261 with two races left.
Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria leads the all-time women’s list with 62 World Cup wins.
“I’m just going to keep on fighting and hopefully I’ll be able to be competitive for quite a while,” Vonn said.
Vonn has a chance to add to her total next weekend when the circuit travels for the first time to Bansko, Bulgaria. Three speed races are scheduled ” two downhills and a super-G.