Lindsey Vonn Breaks Skiing Record With 63rd Win
Lindsey Vonn celebrated her record-breaking 63rd win with a bottle of champagne at the super-G event in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy Monday.
Lindsey Vonn Breaks Skiing Record
Vonn made skiing history on Monday, becoming the most successful women’s World Cup skier with her latest title win. The super-G victory put her one win past Annemarie Moser-Proell‘s 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins. Impressively, Vonn not only won the race, she trounced the competition, finishing 0.85 ahead of Austria’s Anna Fenninger.
Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirathe, who placed in third, had nothing but praise for Vonn. “It’s such a big number,” Weirather said, referring to Vonn’s 63rd victory, according to ESPN. “I can’t even imagine winning so many races. She has done so much for the sport, because she’s a real superstar and that makes Alpine skiing more popular in the U.S. and Europe. We need people like that for our sport.”
On Sunday, Vonn wrote on Instagram, “Aaaaaahhhhhh I did it!!! Today was awesome!#sohappy #win62.” On Monday, the athlete wrote, “And #63!!! #icantbelieveit.” The skier also posted a montage of all of her victory photos over the years with “63” in the center.
Following her record-breaking race, Vonn was surprised to see that not only were her parents and sister there to celebrate with her, but her boyfriend Tiger Woods – minus a tooth – had managed to get there as well.
“It was an amazing surprise. I’m so happy that he’s here,” Vonn said. “Everyone important to me is here — my mom and dad and my sister and Tiger — it’s pretty incredible. I didn’t think it was going to get better than yesterday and today topped it.”
“I had no idea he was here,” Vonn added. “He told everyone to keep it a secret and I’m surprised. Normally no one can keep a secret in my family…. He just showed up … He has a tournament soon. So he’s got a lot of work and I’m surprised that he was able to come all the way over here for a few hours to watch me ski.”
This season, following a lengthy recovery for a pair of knee surgeries, Vonn has entered eight races, winning four. Monday was her first super-G win. With the win, she’s now the one to beat at the world championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colo., next month.