Lindsey Vonn in Cortina dAmpezzo, Italy Erich Spiess/Red Bull Photofiles

Lindsey Vonn leaves the FIS Women’s World Cup event at Cortina d'Ampezzo 56 points clear of Maria Riesch at the top of the overall standings after sealing her 30th win.

The 25-year-old defending overall champion extended her perfect record in downhills this season as she raced to her fifth straight victory on Saturday.

Vonn, who also won the Super-G on Friday, is now tied with Croatia's Janica Kostelic in eighth place on the all-time win list, but still has much work to do if she is to improve upon Annemarie Moser-Proell's record of 62.

"It's crazy!" she said of drawing level with Kostelic. "When she was dominating the World Cup, I thought she was unbeatable. She was so good - too good - and I don't really see myself as the person who's got the same amount of wins that she has. She is just as big a legend in ski racing as Moser-Proell or [Renate] Goetschl. She's a huge name."

Vonn, however, failed to add to her tally of World Cup wins on Sunday as she could only finish a disappointing 19th in the giant slalom on the Olympia delle Tofane piste. And with Riesch finishing eighth despite hitting a gate, the German cut Vonn’s overall lead down by 20 points.

Next up on the World Cup calendar is St. Mortiz, Switzerland; for more info, visit the FIS web site.

FIS Women’s World Cup – standings
1. Lindsey Vonn USA 1,106 points
2. Maria Riesch Ger 1,050
3. Kathrin Zettel Aut 829
4. Anja Paerson Swe 736
5. Tina Maze Slo 624


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