Olympian and Audi FIS World Champion Lindsey Vonn received the Beck International Award at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Associations annual award ceremony. The Beck International Award is the highest honor an athlete can receive, and is presented to the top USSA athlete involved in international competition. The award was among dozens presented on May 11 in Park City at the annual USSA Congress at the Park City Marriott.
If you followed Vonn’s season — you’ll understand why she was chosen. Lindsey Vonn absolutely dominated the World Cup during the 2012/2013 season. From the first race of the season in Soelden, Austria, when she took first in giant slalom to her title clinching victory on March 9th — Vonn was on fire! The season was highlighted by a record 12 World Cup races that brought her to a fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall title. She earned her fifth consecutive downhill crystal globe, fourth consecutive super G, and third straight super combined title! Vonn also shattered the women’s single season World Cup points record by earning 1,980. She nearly toppled the men’s record as well, but fell just 20 points short. This near miss does nothing to diminish the significance of this astronomical point lead, as the nearest 2012 competitor trailed by 578 points!
“Lindsey Vonn’s 12 World Cup wins and three titles this season were amazing athletic accomplishments,” said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. “It was a magical year of best in the world performances with ten athletes winning 14 season titles.”