March 9 (Bloomberg) -- Lindsey Vonn became the first American to win four overall World Cup skiing titles by taking today’s giant slalom race in Are, Sweden.
Vonn, 27, finished in 2 minutes, 28 seconds on the Olympia course to beat Italy’s Federica Brignone by 0.48 seconds. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg, the discipline’s season leader, was more than a second back in third.
“I’m thrilled; it’s crazy,” Vonn said in a televised interview after her 11th World Cup win of the season and 52nd of her career. “I’m really, really excited.”
Vonn’s four overall titles moves her past Phil Mahre for the most by an American and is two behind the record of six won by Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell.
Today’s win gave her an unbeatable 554-point lead over Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who finished sixth, in the standings with five races, worth a maximum 500 points, left in the season.
Vonn also moved into second place in the giant slalom standings, pulling within 95 points of Rebensburg heading to next week’s World Cup finals. She’s already clinched her fifth straight downhill title and third consecutive super combined championship this season.
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