Lindsey Vonn records 75th World Cup victory
Lindsey Vonn notched her 75th World Cup win, and 10th in her last 11 speed-race starts, taking a super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, on Sunday.
Vonn prevailed by .69 of a second over Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather, with German Viktoria Rebensburg in third, 1.15 seconds behind. Full results are here.
Swiss Lara Gut placed fifth, meaning Vonn passed Gut in the chase for the World Cup overall title, the biggest prize in the sport this season with no Olympics or World Championships.
Vonn, seeking her fifth overall crown and first since 2012, leads Gut by 45 points with a little less than half the season remaining.
The women’s World Cup schedule continues with a giant slalom and slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, next weekend.
Vonn has won all 10 World Cup speed races (downhill and super-G) that she’s finished dating to March 8 of last season. The only defeat in the 11-race span was when she skied off course while leading a downhill in Val d’Isère, France, on Dec. 19.
Vonn, who started her comeback from two major knee surgeries in December 2014 with 59 World Cup wins, is now 11 victories shy of the career record held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark.
She will snatch the record before the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics if she continues on her pace since the comeback, with health being a key factor.
“When I look back on my career after I’m retired, I’ll really be able to appreciate what I’ve done,” Vonn said, according to The Associated Press. “I can’t really think about it too much at this point because I’ll get distracted. I need to stay focused on my job. Right now it’s just my job and when I retire then that will be my legacy.”
Heinze Haemmerle, Vonn’s ski technician, said she’s even stronger than before her February 2013 World Championships crash.
“She can’t stop breaking records,” he said, according to the AP. “Nobody can slow her down.”