Lindsey Vonn Captures 4th Overall Title at Alpine World Cup Giant Slalom Finals

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 18, 2012 3:03 pm

Lindsey Vonn found herself on the podium once again, hoisting her fourth Audi FIS Alpine overall crystal globe in the air as an international crowd of ski enthusiasts went wild! With warm weather and blue skies across the slopes of Schladming, Austria the team could not have asked for a more beautiful day for the alpine world cup skiing finals. Vonn skied like a champion to take second in the gs coming in second behind Slovenian Tina Maze. Maria Hoefl Riesch rounded out the podium in third. This season, Vonn has captured the downhill, super G and combined titles for a history-making 16 career globes.

“I am really happy with the season and it has gone incredibly well. If you had told me at the beginning of the season that I would be second in the giant slalom standings and would win the overall title before the finals I would have said that is awesome, but not possible. It is definitely more than I expected,” said Vonn.

Lindsey Vonn reacts in the finish area of the women's giant slalom race at the alpine world cup skiing finals - photo by Mitchell Gunn

This is the second time she has won four titles in a single season, the first being in 2010. The American skiing sensation is one of the most winningest World Cup athletes in history, in her career, Vonn has amassed 305 World Cup starts, collecting 97 podiums and 53 wins. Her win record is bested only by Annemarie Moser-Proell with 62 and Vreni Schneider with 55.

While she fell short of breaking the 2,000 point threshold to overtake Hermann Maier’s all-time record she did manage amass 1,980 points to eclipse the women’s single season points record previously held by Croatia’s Janica Kostelic since 2006.

Lindsey Vonn in action during the womens giant slalom race at the alpine world cup skiing finals - photo by Mitchell Gunn

“This year I have had a lot of fun. I have tried to enjoy every day that I am out on the hill and it’s wonderful to have my family and friends around to share this. I have a big group here and they are all supporting me and it has definitely given me a lot of strength.”

Lindsey Vonn and Marcel Hirscher show off their crystal globes - photo by Mitchell Gunn

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