Vonn caps record-breaking weekend with 75th World Cup win

Lindsey Vonn competes in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Women's SuperG on Jan 24, 2016 in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Lindsey Vonn competes in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Women's SuperG on Jan 24, 2016 in Cortina d'Ampezzo.PHOTO: AFP

ROME • The unstoppable Lindsey Vonn completed another remarkable record-breaking weekend with her 75th World Cup triumph in yesterday's super-G at Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Twenty-four hours after surpassing the great Annemarie Moser-Proell's record for most downhill wins with her 37th victory in that discipline, the peerless American surged to the top of the overall World Cup standings with another decisive triumph at the Italian resort.

The 19th starter on the Olympia delle Tofane course in the Dolomites, she was left facing a tough challenge after Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather, wearing the 18 bib, had set a leading time of 1min 27.24sec.

Yet Vonn, in majestic form, made light of the task and the uncertain wind conditions, setting out quickest of all and almost hitting a speed of 90kmh as she beat Weirather's time by more than half a second in 1:26.55.

Third-placed Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, finished 1.15 seconds behind Vonn.

It was the 31-year-old's fourth win since the turn of the year following her similar weekend downhill/ super-G double at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee as she continued her relentless pursuit of Ingemar Stenmark's 86 wins, the all-time World Cup landmark.

Vonn also leapfrogged Switzerland's World Cup leader Lara Gut, who finished fifth, in the race to be crowned the season's best as she homed in on a potential fifth overall title, her first since 2012.

After her fifth successive super-G victory, an unbeaten sequence stretching back to last March, Vonn also leads the standings in the race for both the World Cup super-G and downhill titles and lies second in the Super Combined.

"It's always tricky with these conditions, the wind was going back and forth," she told reporters after annexing a record 11th victory at one of her favourite resorts.

"Some people got headwind, some people got tailwind. I'm just really happy to come away with another win and another record."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2016, with the headline 'Vonn caps record-breaking weekend with 75th World Cup win'. Print Edition | Subscribe