Lindsey Vonn continued her impressive open to the 2012 season in Colorado yesterday, earning her fifth win in the six FIS World Cup events she has raced. Today’s win was extra special, coming just minutes from her adopted home of Vail, Colorado.
“Ever since I moved out here as a kid and was a course slipper at the '99 World Championships, I've always wanted to race here at home,” Vonn commented. “The support that I've received from everyone in this community has been amazing. Of the 46 wins that I have so far, this is probably the most special.”
Vonn continues to set records in the ski community; she became the first American skier to win four consecutive World Cup races, and is now tied with Germany’s Katja Seizinger for all-time World Cup super G wins, at 16.
“I was totally freaking out. I wanted to win in front of my home fans so badly.”
She is also now tied with Austrian Renate Goetschl for third on the overall World Cup win list, and has won 14 of the last 19 WC super G races she’s contested.
Rare Home Opportunity
The women’s super G race, originally scheduled for Val d’Isere, France, was moved to the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek -- a regular stop on the men’s WC calendar -- due to lack of snow at the French resort. Vonn saw it as an opportunity to take her first World Cup victory on American soil.
A few mistakes in the upper part of the course were perhaps due to nerves -- Vonn later said, “When I got to the start I was totally freaking out. I wanted to win in front of my home fans so badly.” She was aggressive in the lower section however, crossing the line with a .37 second advantage over Fabienne Suter.
“When I looked up into the crowd I saw all those kids and I saw a lot of American flags waving. It was an incredibly special feeling. I still don't believe that I won.”
Many of the kids in the crowd were on an excused absence from school to watch Vonn and the rest of the U.S. Ski Team at the event, and Vonn made the day even sweeter by signing autographs for all her young fans.
- Lindsey becomes fifth woman to win in all five World Cup disciplines
- Lindsey goes three-for-three at Lake Louise
- More at Lindsey's official web site