Lindsey Vonn successfully broke the women’s single season Audi FIS World Cup points record today with an eighth place finish at the final slalom competition of the season. Vonn has accumulated 1,980 points that is ten more than Croatia’s Janica Kostelic who has held the record since 2006. She was also awarded yet another crystal globe, this time for the the combination races.
Vonn, who is 20th in the overall slalom standings, admits it is not her strongest discipline. She spoke after the race, saying, “Slalom has been a struggle for me the last couple of years. It was a good step for me today. That was the goal, to try to get a few points and try to make my job easier for tomorrow.”
Vonn still has an opportunity to surpass the 2,000-point record held by Hermann Maier. All she needs is a 12th place finish or better in tomorrow’s giant slalom. This will be the final race of the season.
“I can also win the GS title still, so tomorrow I am going to go as hard as I can. I am going to risk it but I am also going to ski smart. It’s a difficult course, a really steep course.” Lindsey went on to say, “I was debating about whether it was better for me to train for GS and really try to prepare for that. But 53 points means I have to get third or better so I decided to try and get a couple of points today.”
Austrian Mikaela Kirchgasser won the race as teammate Marlies Schild claimed the slalom title. Mikaela Shiffrin, the rookie, finished out in 15th place to close a respectable 17th ranking in the slalom standings.
“I am really happy with how my season went. I exceeded a lot of my expectations and a lot of other people’s expectations. I am always looking for that top spot on the podium but not this time so congrats to Marlies (Schild) and Mikaela (Kirchgasser), they skied great, but I am definitely happy about how I have done this year,” said Shiffrin.
Julia Manusco had a disappointing 20th place finish today, but still managed to secure a solid 4th place slalom ranking.
In addition to Lindsey Vonn’s pursuit of the single-season points record tomorrow, she also has the mathematical opportunity to earn her very first World Cup giant slalom title! One thing is for certain; Sunday’s giant slalom in Schladming, Austria will be a history-making event!
Universal Sports will air the race at 9 p.m. ET