Lindsey Vonn claimed her 53rd World Cup win today in Schladming, Austria, winning the last downhill race of the season. The victory was her 12th for the season, a career high. She had already secured the downhill title a month ago in Sochi, Russia, and she received the downhill crystal globe -- her fifth consecutive -- after the race today.
With her Giant Slalom win in Sweden on Friday, Vonn also secured enough points to earn her fourth World Cup overall title, more than any other American skier. She had already secured globes in downhill and super combined, and currently leads the super G standings by 94 points.
“I have such great teammates and coaches and I feel like we are all working so hard together,” Vonn commented. “Being able to ski and do what I love is amazing but having the support of the team and everyone has been even more amazing.”
In addition to her many record accomplishments this season, Vonn is now in a position to challenge the single-season point total record, currently held by Herman Maier, who collected 2,000 points in the 2000 season. The women’s single-season point record is currently held by Croation Janica Kostelic at 1,970, which she achieved in 2006. Vonn now has a total of 1,908 points.
“Today was a big step,” Vonn said after the race. “If all goes perfectly well, hopefully tomorrow I can win again and try to close this record and reach a dream I didn’t even think was possible.”
“I am just more relaxed this year and I have really enjoyed everything. I have enjoyed every day, not just podiums and not just winning -- of course that’s nice -- but just being able to do what I love every day is a privilege.”