Vonn extends American record, winning Are downhill for 40th career World Cup victory

By Real Vail
Real AspenFebruary 26, 2011
ARE, Sweden – Vail's Lindsey Vonn captured her 40th career World Cup victory today, winning a downhill and gaining 40 points on German rival Maria Riesch in the chase for the overall crown. Slovenia's Tina Maze was second and Riesch finished third.

Vonn's 40 wins are an American record for a man or a woman and rank fifth among all women, just one behind Swedish great Anja Paerson.

“I don't like to think about records all that much because my goal is always to win races,” Vonn said. “If you win races, then hopefully the records follow.” Vonn, a 26-year-old Ski and Snowboard Club Vail product, is still 22 wins away from the all-time women's mark of 62 set by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll.

Vonn has now totally bounced back from a giant slalom training crash earlier this month that left her with a concussion and forced her to withdraw early from the World Championships in Garmisch.

“After Garmisch, I needed a break both mentally and physically and that time off did exactly what I needed it to do,” Vonn said. “I'm skiing like I know I can, I'm focused and back on the top of the podium.”

Vonn put down a winning run despite difficult conditions and now trails Riesch by 166 points in the overall chase. The German is trying to end Vonn's streak of three straight overall titles.

“Today was tough, it was pretty dark and you had to be extremely clean to be fast – that's a difficult combination,” Vonn said. “We have a super G tomorrow and I'm hoping to gain some more ground back on Maria, but there's still a lot of races left in this season and Maria is skiing incredibly well.”

2011 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup
Are, Sweden – Feb. 26, 2011

1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:40.93
2. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1:41.06
3. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:41.14


5. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:41.99
11. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:42.44
18. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:43.11
25. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 1.43.69

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