Lindsey Vonn ended her World Cup season in a spectacular way today, taking the Super G win in Garmisch, Germany to wrap up her third consecutive overall World Cup title.
Vonn, who had already clinched the Super G title back in February, was .16 seconds faster than Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl in Friday’s race. Vonn had the luxury of skiing last, so she was able to see where Maria Riesch, her closest rival for the overall crown, had landed in the standings.
"I knew what place Maria was in, so I knew the World Cup overall was already secured,” Lindsey said after the race. “But I still wanted to go out there and have a good end to the season.”
It was a day of records for Vonn, marking her 33rd career World Cup win, breaking the American record of 32 wins previously held by Bode Miller. Additionally, it was the 11th win of her season, further surpassing her own previous best of nine.
She is the first American to win three disciplines in a single season, taking home the Downhill, Super G and Super Combined titles as well as the overall.
"It means the world to me,” said Lindsey. “If you had asked me at the beginning of the season if I'd have been able to do that, I would have said 'not likely.' It takes a lot of hard work, not only by me, but from the team, from the U.S. Ski Team coaches, from my husband, from Red Bull and my ski company Head. It's everyone working together to make as successful a season as possible and I couldn't do it without them."