Eric Wilbur, Boston.com staff
It took a little longer, but the record is finally hers.
U.S. Ski racer Lindsey Vonn tied Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 35-year-old record of 62 women’s Alpine skiing World Cup victories when she won Sunday’s downhill race in Cortina d’Ampezzo. It was a mark she was on pace to break two years ago before an epic crash required knee surgery.
“The last two years have been pretty tough and a lot of people counted me out and thought I would never reach this record,” Vonn said. “A lot of people thought that I would never win again. I never stopped believing in myself and I think I proved everyone wrong.”
Vonn clocked a time of 1 minute, 39.61 seconds in Sunday’s downhill (watch her run above).
Vonn, 30, is already the most-decorated skier in U.S. history. On Sunday, she also celebrated her 32nd downhill win — four fewer than Moser-Proell who set her record between 1970 and 1980. She is also now second behind Ingemar Stenmark (86) in the men’s column.
“I think 62 is more important to me,” Vonn said. “Now I feel like from here on out I’m already tied for No. 1. So I’m just going to try to continue to win races and I’m skiing for another three years so there’s a lot of racing left in me and I’ll just keep on doing my best.”
Vonn’s first World Cup victory came in the downhill at Lake Louise, Canada, on December 3, 2004.
Vonn will try to break the record in Monday’s Super-G race in Cortina.