Today’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup marked a historic occasion for Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. The champion skier achieved a landmark 50th victory today at an absolutely stunning, on-edge downhill in Garmisch. The German slopes of Garmisch were well covered, but subzero temperatures of -13 forced racers to tape their faces to avoid frostbite! In addition to full face protection, Lindsey sported a new U.S. Ski Team Spyder downhill suit for the victory. Vonn fought hard for her spot on the podium, trailing the competition through the first three intervals and narrowly avoiding a crash at the midway point.
Vonn was ecstatic about the momentous win, “It’s crazy, I am at a loss for words. I already cried with one of the TV crews and that is enough crying for the day. Fifty World Cup wins is a huge mark for me in my career and more than I even thought possible!”
Alex Hoedlmoser, the women’s Head Coach confirmed, “This is pretty special, I’d actually call it a emotional. This is a milestone.”
With 9 wins this season and 1,350 points in the bank, Lindsey Vonn sits comfortably in the World Cup overall lead by nearly 500 points! She is now the third most-winningest female world cup skier of all time. She trails close behind Vreni Scheider who has 55 wins, and Moser-Proell who sits at 62. Today’s win also marks her 25th career downhill win, a division that she leads by 230 points.
The skier persevered through a near crash on the hill’s bumpy side, known as Ice Hang. Lindsey spoke of the almost disastrous incident, “That [the near crash] wasn’t part of the plan. I hit a bump and lost the inside edge of my ski and went onto my hip. From that point until the finish I skied well and was able to make up some time. It was a tough race.”
“Lindsey’s near crash happened about 20 meters from me. It actually stopped my heart a little bit because it’s not a good place to crash. She came in and dropped the hip a little bit then hit that super bumpy section. That little mistake almost ended in a crash, but she pulled it off like nobody else could and didn’t actually lose all that much speed there”, said Hoedlmoser.
The entire women’s team continues to perform well and lead in the overall downhill standings, 433 points over 2nd place Austria. Stacey Cook took 9th, Laurenne Ross took 10th, and Julia Mancuso finished in 13th.
The super G is up next on Sunday, and will close out the weekend for the team’s visit in Garmisch, Germany.
Universal Sports will air the women’s downhill at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET