Vonn equals Stenmark with 19th World Cup title

Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:24am EDT
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By Manuele Lang

MERIBEL, France (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn dominated the Super-G at the Alpine skiing World Cup finals on Thursday to add a record-equaling 19th crystal globe to her trophy collection.

The American, who won her seventh downhill title on Wednesday, took her 67th World Cup victory and her fifth Super-G globe.

Vonn beat Austria’s Anna Fenninger by 0.49 seconds with Slovenia’s Tina Maze third and a further 0.31 adrift.

The title, coming in a season that has seen her return from a year out and two knee operations, put her on par with Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark as the most successful skier of all time.

Stenmark, who holds the record of 86 World Cup wins, achieved his 19th title on the men’s circuit in 1984.

"Today it was win or lose. But my victory yesterday and the downhill globe boosted my confidence. My record in Cortina was also a liberation," said Vonn.

The American was referring to her 63rd World Cup win in the Italian resort in January which beat Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell's 1970s record for a female skier.

"It was a great season but not perfect because I had ups and downs. I only started training in October and I can see that things are improving and that I’ll be ready to claim back the overall World Cup next season. That’s my goal,” said Vonn.   Continued...

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. reacts in the arrival area in the women's Super G race at the Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Meribel, in the French Alps, March 19, 2015.       REUTERS/Robert Pratta