Vonn will have to wait until 2015 for record

Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:04am EST
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By Manuele Lang

VAL D'ISERE, France (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn will have to wait until the New Year for a record-equalling women’s World Cup victory after she crashed in a Super-G won by Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl on Sunday.

The race in Val d'Isere was the American's first chance of matching the record of 62 wins set by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell in 1980.

She had dominated Saturday’s downhill on the same course but on Sunday took a turn wide, crashed into a gate and was unable to complete her last race of 2014.

"Yesterday was a great day, but a very long day," she said. "I missed a little bit of elevation (today) and I wasn’t able to make the gate.

"The positive thing is that my knees are good and I’m still going home for Christmas with a big smile," added the American, who returned this month from a year out of action after two knee operations.

The four-times World Cup champion will return in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, on Jan. 10 and 11 while races scheduled for Semmering on Dec. 28 and 29 were moved to Innsbruck for lack of snow.

Former world champion Goergl mastered the tricky Val d'Isere course to clinch her seventh World Cup win in one minute and 25.42 seconds.

Super-G Olympic champion Anna Fenninger secured an Austrian one-two 0.05 seconds behind, while Slovenia’s Tina Maze was third, 0.13 off the pace.   Continued...

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. skis during the women's World Cup Super G skiing race in Val d'Isere, French Alps, December 21, 2014.      REUTERS/Christian Hartmann