Vonn Clinches Fourth World Cup Overall Title In Sweden
Lindsey Vonn went where no American woman before her had ever been. She stood atop a podium in Are, Sweden with her fourth overall World Cup all locked up.
She did it with a wire-to-wire Giant Slalom win. Her lead is now mathematically insurmountable with five races left. Her point total is 1,808, the most in U.S. skiing history. Her lead now is 554 points. It was also her 11th World Cup victory of the season, matching her own single season record of 2008.
The only other American to win four overall titles was Phil Mahre. She has now surpassed Croatian Janica Kostelic, Swiss Vreni Schneider and Austrian Petra Kronberger, who all won three overall cups during their careers. Only Austria’s Annemarie Moser Proell has more overall titles than Vonn with six.
“I don’t know what to say, I just wanted to have two really aggressive runs today,” Vonn said. “I had nothing to lose. I’m just having fun. My sister is here and my teammates are so cool cheering me on in the finish. It's amazing to have so much support. I love my teammates. Only a couple of more races left and we will get to celebrate this year.”
U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser said, “the second run had very difficult conditions. It was so dark out there and the light was so flat and it was definitely a little bit bumpy before the end. She just went out there and did it and it was a very impressive job. She just went for it and she is putting on the pressure again and its pretty fun to see.”
Next up: The World Cup Finals next week in Schladming, Austria.
Photo: AP/Pontus Lundahl