Only one day after tying Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 35-year-old record of 62 women’s Alpine skiing World Cup victories, U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn can now call the record all her own with a win Monday in the Super G race in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Watching from the finish line were Vonn’s parents, sister and boyfriend Tiger Woods, who made a surprise trip to watch Lindsey’s victory.
“I had no idea he was here,” Vonn told reporters in the finish area. “He told everyone to keep it a secret and I’m surprised. Normally no one can keep a secret in my family, but it was an amazing surprise. I’m so happy that he’s here. He just showed up. He has a tournament soon, so he’s got a lot of work (to do), and I’m surprised that he was able to come all the way over here for a few hours to watch me ski.”
Monday’s record-breaking win also places her second behind Ingemar Stenmark (86) in the overall World Cup wins standings (both men and women.) 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 felt no pressure,” Vonn said. “In the start I felt really loose, I felt a lot better than I did (Sunday). (Sunday) I still was feeling pressure. For me it’s just important to focus on the skiing. Everyone was talking about the record for so long that it definitely puts pressure on you. (Monday) I had no pressure, I was just skiing and doing the best I could. I felt like it was a training run, just pushing myself as hard as I could.”