Lindsey Vonn came one win closer to her final career goal of having the most world cup victories of any skier ever when she topped the podium in the women’s world cup downhill final on Wednesday at Are, Sweden.
Her time of 55.65 seconds gave her world cup win No. 82 for her career. She is now within four of equaling the record set by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden. Vonn, already the winningest female skier of all time, has said that topping Stenmark’s record and becoming the winningest skier of all time — period — is something that’s very important to her.
She’ll have one more chance to grab another victory in Thursday’s super-G before her 2017-18 season is over.
Despite winning the race, the 33-year-old missed out on her ninth overall downhill title, which would have extended her own record. She went into the race trailing Italy’s Sofia Goggia by 23 points in the standings. Goggia, the 2018 Olympic gold medalist, needed to finish first or second in order to win the title, and she was second with a time of 55.71.
Team USA’s Alice McKennis, who finished fifth in the downhill at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 last month, was third with a time of 55.93 for her first world cup podium in over five years.
This was Vonn’s first race since winning a bronze medal in the downhill at the Olympics, becoming the oldest woman to win a medal in alpine skiing at the Games. She also won a gold medal in downhill and bronze medal in super-G in 2010.
Vonn has four downhill wins on the world cup season as well as one win in super-G.