Maria Riesch, Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze on the Cortina super G podium (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)
Olympic Champion and World Cup points leader Lindsey Vonn notched her 47th World Cup Victory at today’s super G competitions in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
“Cortina is a very special place for me. It’s where I got my first World Cup podium and I’ve always had success here, so I was really trying hard today and risking a lot. My run was a good combination of risk and aggression, but I still stayed in control. The high speed made it more challenging than normal. I was on the limit the entire race”, said Vonn.
This victory launches her ahead of Austria’s Renate Goetschl to stand at third on the women’s all-time win list. She is only one win ahead of Goetschl, and still has Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider (who is at 55 wins), and Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell (with 62 wins) to beat.
Vonn elaborates upon the significance of her new third place all-time ranking, “The records in skiing are really important to me. It’s the history of our sport and it’s something you can look back on and be proud of what you’ve done with your career. I never thought that I’d be able to reach as many victories as I have now. Renate [Goetschl] has always been such a roll model. I can’t believe I’m at a point where I can stand alongside her in history.”
Lindsey Vonn strides to the top of the Cortina super G podium (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team
In terms of the super G, this is Vonn’s fourth consecutive victory and brings her to 87 points over Fabienne Suter of Switzerland. Overall Vonn now leads the standings by 291 over the Slovenian Tina Maze, who finished third today.
The U.S. Ski Team was awarded the Cortina Trophy, which is presented to the team recognized as the most successful nation of over the two-day race series. Julia Mancuso who finished in fifth place further supported the team’s performance, Leanne Smith took 10th, and Laurenne Ross took 13th with Stacey Cook in 26th.
Lindsey Vonn and the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff celebrate after winning the Cortina Trophy for the most successful nation over the two-race series (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)
Women’s Head Coach, Alex Hoedlmoser spoke of her team after the race, “We’ve put in a lot of hard work. Not just the athletes, but the coaching staff as well. We were a little bit disappointed in the super G in Bad Kleinkirchheim because we didn’t really perform up to our expectations. It wasn’t a really bad result, but we get pretty used to winning and being on the podium.”
We definitely wanted to make a statement today and the whole team actually stepped it up. It was really cool to see.
The women’s team now heads to their Official European Training Base of Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria to prepare for Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for a giant slalom and a slalom January 21-22.
Universal Sports will air the women’s super G at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET