Vonn finished in 1 minute, 44.86 seconds in Garmisch- Partenkirchen to beat Switzerland’s Nadja Kamer by 0.41 seconds. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was third.
“I am at a loss for words,” Vonn, 27, said on the U.S. Ski Team’s website. “Fifty World Cup wins is a huge mark for me in my career and more than I even thought possible.”
Vonn is the third woman to win 50 World Cup races after Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell (62) and Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider (55). It was her 25th career downhill win, second to Moser-Proell’s 36.
Among men’s skiers, Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark won 86 World Cup races, Austria’s Hermann Maier won 54 and Italy’s Alberto Tomba won 50.
“Every win is special, but 50 is a huge mark,” Vonn said. “I feel like today will be a day when I look back at my career and see what I have achieved.”
The victory moves her 482 points ahead of Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who finished 26th today, in the overall World Cup standings. Vonn also leads Weirather by 230 points in the downhill standings.
Canada’s Jan Hudec took the men’s downhill in Chamonix, France, for his second World Cup victory.
Hudec finished in a time of 2:03.25, 0.53 seconds faster than Austria’s Romed Baumann. Canada’s Erik Guay was a further 0.10 seconds back in third.
Switzerland’s Didier Cuche was seventh and saw his lead in the downhill season standings trimmed to 36 points by Austrian Klaus Kroell, who finished sixth. Kroell won yesterday’s downhill, which replaced the race canceled in Val Gardena- Groeden, Italy, in December, by 0.01 seconds over American Bode Miller.
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