Lindsey Vonn won the women's alpine skiing super-G at Tarvisio to become the most succeessful American woman in World Cup history. Vonn, 24, also consolidated her position at the head of the overall World Cup standings.
AFP - Double world champion Lindsey Vonn won the women's alpine skiing super-G here on Sunday, an American record 19th World Cup success.
Vonn timed 1min 21.72sec to shut out Swiss rival Fabienne Suter and Slovenia's Tina Maze.
The win made Vonn the most succeessful American woman in World Cup history, going one better than the 18 wins posted by Tamara McKinney in the 1980s.
Vonn, who won the downhill and the super-G at this month's world championships, had equalled the record when she won the Garmisch-Partenkirchen super-G on February 1.
Her sixth success of the season consolidated the 24-year-old's position at the head of the overall World Cup standings with a lead of almost 300 points over Germany's Maria Riesch.
Second in both the super-combined on Friday and the downhill on Saturday, Vonn constructed her record-breaking victory with a sudden burst of speed in the last third of the course.
The Minnesota native has not been slowed by a splint on her right hand, worn to protect the thumb she cut when she grabbed a broken champagne bottle after clinching gold in the downhill at Val d'Isere on February 9.
Vonn climbs to third place in the World Cup super-G standings with 261 points, behind Suter (296) and Italy's Nadia Fanchini (300), who finished fifth on Sunday.
Date created : 2009-02-22