World Cup finals Downhill - AFP photo
Lindsey does it again!
On March 19, Vonn won the downhill race of the Ski World Cup finals in Meribel France, clinching her 18th World Cup overall title in downhill. Going into the race, Vonn led her main rival Fenninger by 18 points, and needed only a top 15 finish to gain the World cup title. Instead, Vonn won her 7th race this season, and the 66th victory of her World cup career. The video shows her excellent form.
Vonn said that “This is the most meaningful globe I’ve ever won.” After her knee surgery she missed two seasons as well as not skiing in the previous years inaugural downhill at Meribel. Because she was unfamiliar with the course at Meribel , she skipped the races in Sweden to train at Meribel for an extra week - training that paid off well!
Austria’s Goergl placed second, team mate Hosp third, and Tina Maze in fourth.
Vonn, super-G, Getty images
A day later, she won the Super-G, clinching one more World Cup title.
Vonn led the standings by only 8 points over Austria’s Fenninger, and whoever won the Super-G that day, would win the World Cup title. Skiing 15th, Fenninger crushed the course to take the lead. Vonn, who skied 19th, knew she had to beat Fenninger to win the World Cup.
“She put a lot of pressure on me,” said Vonn. “I knew she was leading when I was at the top. I skied as hard as I could.”
Vonn won her 19th crystal globe, to tie with Stenmark, and 67th world Cup race, a woman’s record in alpine skiing.
Vonn, Super-G, Meribel