Lindsey Vonn sets new record of women’s World Cup career wins at 63

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Lindsey Vonn broke the longstanding record of women’s World Cup career wins by scoring her 63rd victory in Cortina d’Ampezzyo, Ital, on 19th of January 2015. With her win in the Downhill race on Sunday she first equalled the previous record set by Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Pröll in 1980. By winning the Super G today Vonn has now set the new record.

 

Photographer Credit Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull

(ISN) – CORTINA D’AMPEZZO (Italy) – Vonn’s record came in her only eighth race after return to racing and recovery from serious knee injury. This season, she’d already won the downhill races in Lake Louise, Canada, on December 6 and in Val d’Isère, France, on December 20, 2014. Breaking the all-time record had been one of Vonn’s main goals on her two-year-long comeback journey.

The number of career victories is the record that matters most in Alpine Skiing, since it’s a sign of success and excellence over a long period of time. Vonn scored her first win in December 2004, in Lake Louise. Her record is likely to remain unchallenged for the foreseeable future – her closest challenger among the active competitors is Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who currently has 26 career victories. The men’s equivalent record, owned by Sweden’s Ingemark Stenmark, is 86.

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Photographer Credit Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull

Vonn’s list of successes is impressive: She is already a four-time overall World Cup champion, six-time downhill champion, Olympic gold medallist and one of just six women to win World Cup races in all five disciplines. With the new record of career wins, she writes history as one of the greatest skiers of all time.

With her win today, Vonn is also one step closer to additional records, such as an unprecedented seventh downhill season title. In the 1970s, Annemarie Moser-Pröll won the overall World Cup title six times.

In two weeks’ time, the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA. The Championships on Vonn’s home snow are her next major goal and present a chance to add to her previous two World Championship gold medals from 2009, two silver medals she won in 2007 and a third silver in 2011.

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Photographer Credit Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull

“It is incredible – I cannot believe it! It’s been the perfect comeback for me – it simply could not have been any better. It’s like a dream. I gave everything I had – and got everything back!” said Vonn.

“This is a historical record – the old record held for 35 years, that’s a long time!”

Starting on January 28, 2015, RedBull.tv will be airing The Climb, a documentary chronicling Lindsey Vonn’s comeback from two devastating injuries: “This is the most inside look I’ve ever given to my world and I hope it inspires others,” says Vonn. “The last two years have been filled with some of the biggest ups and downs of my career, and I’m excited to share this story.”

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Photographer Credit Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull

The Red Bull Athletes Special Projects team would like to thank the US Ski Team, and Vonn’s doctors and physiotherapists, for the close co-operation over the years, and her family, friends and fans for the unwavering support on her long, hard road back to the top.

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