Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Lindsey Vonn is now the most decorated World Cup skiing woman in history. She crossed the finish line on Monday nearly a second ahead of Austrian racer, Anna Fenninger, to break Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record of 62 world cup wins. Lichtenstein’s Tina Weirather finished out the podium finishers.
In fitting fashion, Vonn’s boyfried, Tiger Woods (who last saw her race in a Val d’Isere effort that ended her Olympic comeback hopes), greeted her at the finish.
“This is a much better memory [than Val d’Isere] that we can have forever,” said Vonn of Woods’ surprise visit.
Autrian legend Moser-Proell previously held the record for 35 years. This is another benchmark in Vonn’s storied career, although she has another daunting record on the horizon to get to her dream.
“I was a kid, but I think I said I want to be the greatest ski racer ever,” Vonn said. “As an adult, I didn’t really know if it would ever come true. It seems I’m getting closer to that point.”
Swedish skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark currently holds that title in most people’s minds, with his incredible 86 career World Cup victories.
“We just got done talking about one record, I don’t want to talk about another one,” Vonn joked. “I’m just going to try to ski my best, and we’ll see what happens. Eighty-six is a long, long ways away. You never know, but I’m just going to focus on tomorrow.”
Although, as evidenced from recent interviews it’s not completely out of her mind.
“Records are the only thing that remain of an athlete, the only thing that people will remember,” Vonn told Red Bulletin in December 2013. “If I want to ensure that people don’t forget me, I can only stop once I’ve set the bar as high as possible for anyone coming after me. That means that as long as I can keep winning I’ll keep skiing. Essentially it’s about what I leave behind, and that means statistics, records.”
Vonn will compete this coming weekend, as well as in the upcoming World Championships held this year in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO in February.
NBC will also air a documentary on Vonn entitled “Lindsey Vonn: The Climb” this Sunday.