Lindsey Vonn Joins Skiing Elite with Record Fifth Consecutive Downhill Title

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 18, 2012 1:04 pm

Lindsey Vonn continued her hot streak this season securing her record fifth straight downhill title with a third place finish in Russia’s Rosa Khutor on the 2014 Olympic Course. Vonn increased her lead to 231 points over Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch with just two events remaining. With only two downhill races left this season – Vonn’s point lead is virtually unbeatable.

Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser was nearly speechless after the event, “It’s an amazing performance to take five straight titles. I’m almost not able to explain it in words because it’s an unbelievable achievement. I’m just proud of her and our coaches. They’re doing a fantastic job on a daily basis.”

When asked how she felt about earning her latest title, Vonn responded, “I’m excited I was able to secure the downhill title today. That’s always a big goal of mine. It means a lot to me to be able to have the numbers that those legends of skiing have. But (Annemarie) Moeser-Proell is the pinnacle of our sport and I have a ways to go before that. I’m just going to try to keep winning. Downhill is the most important title to me other than the overall. Annemarie is above me – way above me!”

This win puts Lindsey in league with the legendary Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria who achieved a 5-win streak from 1971-75. There are only four athletes in the history of skiing that have won five downhill titles. Vonn joins a very short list that includes Moser-Proell (who actually has seven total), Austria’s Renate Goetschl and Franz Klammer.

When asked how she felt about joining such elite ranks, Vonn responded, “I’m excited I was able to secure the downhill title today. That’s always a big goal of mine. It means a lot to me to be able to have the numbers that those legends of skiing have. But (Annemarie) Moeser-Proell is the pinnacle of our sport and I have a ways to go before that. I’m just going to try to keep winning. Downhill is the most important title to me other than the overall. Annemarie is above me – way above me!”

In total, Lindsey Vonn has 50 career World Cup wins and is on-track to clinch her second Audi FIS World title of the season at Sunday’s final super combined. She goes into the day’s competition with a 180: 125 lead over Slovenia’s Tina Maze.

Here are some quick stats:

7 – Annemarie Moeser-Proell (1971-79 including five straight from 1971-75)

5 – Lindsey Vonn (five straight from 2008-12)

5 – Renate Goetschl, Austria (1997-2007)

5 – Franz Klammer, Austria (1975-83)

TV

Universal Sports will air the race at 7 p.m. ET

RESULTS

Official Results

 

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