Another globe for Vonn on return season

Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:14am EDT
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By Manuele Lang

MERIBEL, France (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn crowned her return season in style by adding a 66th World Cup victory and an 18th crystal globe to her peerless collection in the downhill on Wednesday.

The American bagged her seventh downhill World Cup title in one minute and 29.87 seconds, equaling another of Annemarie Moser-Proell’s records set in the 1970s.

If Vonn also wins the Super-G trophy on Thursday, she would equal the record of 19 crystal globes collected by Swede Ingemar Stenmark in the men’s World Cup.

“I was injured for two years and to be back in the World Cup and win another globe, it’s just amazing," she said.

"I won the downhill title already and hopefully another one tomorrow. I have a special cupboard at home for my trophies and it’s got room for 23 so it can take a few more.“

Back from a year off and two knee operations in December, Vonn beat experienced Austrians Elisabeth Goergl, the 2011 world champion, who finished 0.24 adrift, with 2007 World Cup champion Nicole Hosp third a further 0.06 seconds back.

The battle for the women’s overall World Cup between the last two winners of the big globe is tighter than ever.

The 2013 World Cup champion Tina Maze was fourth, 0.40 off the pace, and is back on the heels of holder Anna Fenninger of Austria, who only managed eighth place and leads the Slovenian by 12 points with three races left.   Continued...

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. reacts in the arrival area in the women's downhill race at the Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Meribel, in the French Alps, March 18, 2015.          REUTERS/Robert Pratta