Ladies and gentlemen, ski fans of all ages…history has been made today. For today, Lindsey Vonn has surpassed Bode Miller and has become the single winningest American World Cup alpine racer of all time.
Here’s the icing on the cake. She didn’t even have to race the super G today in order to earn the overall title (her third, by the way), but she did…and she won the race! If that’s not the mark of a champion, then there’s no such thing.
The victories did not come stress free, however. Lindsey raced last today, which always puts one at a disadvantage considering how chewed up the course becomes. She also was racing on an injured right knee that she hurt the day before while racing. Added pressure came with the fact that if Lindsey’s friend and stiffest competition for the overall title, Maria Riesch, finished first or second, she could take the title from Lindsey.
For a good portion of the race, Maria was in the lead by .67 of a second. It was unclear whether anyone could knock her off. Then came double Olympic bronze medalist Elisabeth Georgl. She helped Lindsey out by skiing an excellent race, and coming in .43 seconds faster than Riesch.
Then, Switzerland’s Nadia Styger also helped Lindsey. She took all the pressure off by skiing .42 seconds behind Georgl, pushing Riesch into third position. At that point, the overall title was essentially out of reach for Maria Riesch.
American Olympic star Julia Mancuso really went for it as she charged down the hill. She gave it all she had, and unfortunately paid the price by crashing. She may have injured her left hand, though she was able to ski the rest of the way down.
Lastly, Lindsey strapped in and went for it—and she didn’t even have to. The run was shaky in general and was full of suspense and excitement down to the wire. Although coming into the homestretch .01 seconds back, she was able to bear down and cross the finish line .16 seconds ahead.
This victory was her 11th on this World Cup circuit, and her 33rd win of her career. She has now surpassed Bode.
She was trembling after the race while talking to reporters. “I’m so happy. I was so nervous because the overall title was on the line. I hurt my knee yesterday and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to race today. To break the U.S. record … the overall title … it’s over. The season is over. To stand here in the finish and be done with it and have the title in my hand is so rewarding. I’m just so happy that everything went so well.”
As she hugged her husband Thomas, he pretty summed it all up in 10 words: “Good job. That’s the way you do it…right there!”
The last race of the season, a slalom, takes place on Saturday. Whatever the outcome, Lindsey will still win the overall title. Congratulations on a stellar season, and an absolutely incredible career Lindsey!
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|Disqualified 1st run|
|Did not finish 1st run|