Vonn Matches Schneider with 55th Win
LAKE LOUISE, CO (Dec. 1) - Superstar Lindsey Vonn came back from the brink of disaster to win her 55th career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, matching the great Swiss Vreni Schneider for second in the all time wins list. Vonn, who was already .24 behind, went wide on a sweeping turn before the midway point of the course losing valuable time. But she nailed the bottom of the Lake Louise downhill to take a .52 second margin over teammate Stacey Cook and extend her win streak on the Canadian Rockies course to six. It was Cook's second career podium, matching the result of a day earlier. Vonn will go for a sweep in Sunday's super G that will be broadcast live on Universal Sports TV at and 2:30 p.m. ET.
- Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) survived near disaster to come away with her 55th career Audi FIS World Cup win in the Lake Louise downhill Saturday. Teammate Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) was second - replicating the results of Friday.
- Vonn matched the great Swiss Vreni Schneider with 55 career wins - second on the all time win list. Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell holds the record with 62.
- The win was her 13th in Lake Louise and sixth straight.
- The number one speed team in the world - the U.S. Ski Team - put six athletes into the top 20. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was ninth, Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) 11th, Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) 18th and Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) 20th.
- Vonn moved into fourth in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup standings behind Slovenian Tina Maze, 347-210. Vonn and Cook are one-two in the downhill standings.
- Cook had the added bonus of picking up her first two podiums with her family in attendance.
- Vonn will go for a weekend sweep Sunday in the super G, televised live on Universal Sports TV at 2:30 p.m. ET.
I was going into Fishnet today with a lot more speed than yesterday. I felt like I just hit a few bumps and caught my inside ski and almost went into the fence then somehow kept going. It was definitely interesting, but I didn't give up. I haven't won with that big of a mistake before.
Over the last few years I’ve really worked on getting stronger and that helps recover from mistakes like that one. It’s not the way you want to ski, but it helps my confidence to know that I can recover from them.
I hope this is the tip of the iceberg for me. My coaches have told me that I’m like a fine wine – that I get better with age and it’s true. I just hope the body holds out with the age. This has a long time coming and I’m just now starting to believe that this is actually happening.
There was a second there that I actually thought I might win this thing, but Lindsey is amazing. When she made that mistake my heart actually stopped for a second. She’s amazing, she’s the only athlete that could stop on course and then still win.
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