Vonn Wins 62nd World Cup Race to Tie Moser-Proell Record

Lindsey Vonn won the downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, to clinch her 62nd World Cup victory, tying the record held by Austrian ski racer Annemarie Moser-Proell.

Vonn was fastest at 1:39:61, 0.32 second ahead of Austrian Elisabeth Goergl and 0.54 quicker than Daniela Merighetti of Italy. Her first chance to beat the women’s record will come tomorrow at a Super-G at the same venue.

The 30-year-old American is coming back this season after two surgeries on her right leg forced her to miss the 2014 Winter Olympics. Vonn won the downhill in Lake Louise, Canada, on Dec. 7 in only her second race back, followed by the same discipline in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 20. Vonn is still short of the all-time World Cup mark of 86 held by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark.

“I feel awesome,” Vonn told reporters after the race. “62 wins is a really huge step in my career. I’m just incredibly thankful that my family is here.”

A four-time World Cup overall champion, Vonn tore two ligaments and broke a bone in her right leg in a crash at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, in February 2013. Nine months later, she re-injured the knee, requiring a second operation that forced her out of the Sochi Olympics.

American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, who won a gold medal in the slalom in Sochi, wrote on her Twitter account, “What is Lindsey Vonn teaching us all? Never. Give. Up.”

Races Canceled

Vonn’s pursuit of the record has been hampered by poor weather this year. Races scheduled for Jan. 10 and 11 in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, were canceled. She finished 10th in a replacement downhill Friday in Cortina that was shortened due to fog. Today’s downhill was then delayed for 24 hours after half a meter (1.6 feet) of snow fell overnight.

It’s taken Vonn more than 10 years to equal Moser-Proell as the world’s most successful female ski racer. Vonn won her first World Cup race in 2004 in Lake Louise aged 20 under her maiden name Kildow. The Canadian resort sometimes called “Lake Lindsey” because she’s won there 15 times. Italy is her second-most successful country, with 11 wins.

Vonn’s most dominant performance on the World Cup circuit came at Lake Louise in 2011, when she won her 43rd race with a margin of 1.95 seconds. Later that season she won her fourth overall World Cup championship as well as titles in downhill, Super G and super combined. The smallest margin was her 32nd victory in Crans Montana, Switzerland, in 2010, when she beat Italy’s Johanna Schnarf by 0.01 second.

Vonn’s trophy collection doesn’t just contain silverware. She won a cow at Val d’Isere in 2005, which she named Olympe. A second cow, Winnie, followed last month.

After gaining her first overall World Cup title at the age of 17 in 1971, Moser-Proell dominated women’s skiing for the rest of the decade, winning five more overall World Cup championships, four world titles and two Olympic silver medals. She retired to start a family after clinching the gold medal in the downhill at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid.

“Annemarie is the greatest skier in the world,” Vonn said in an interview with Moser-Proell on Austrian television in October. “She is a big example for me.” For Related News and Information:

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