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Vonn: Skiing's New Queen of the Hill

Vonn: Skiing's New Queen of the Hill

[ Fri, 2010-03-12 13:17 ]
Lindsey Vonn in Lake Louise
American racer wins third straight World Cup overall title, joins elite ranks of skiers.

Lindsey Vonn, the new superstar of American skiing, captured her third consecutive World Cup overall title today by winning the super G at the World Cup Finals in Garmisch, Germany. The World cup overall title is considered the highest honor in ski racing, as it reflects excellence across all disciplines throughout the entire season.


With her third consecutive overall title, Vonn now joins the pantheon of skiing greats. For female racers, only Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Pröll has won more titles (six) racing in the 1970s, with four other racers tied with Vonn for second with three overall titles. Vonn joins an even smaller American club, tying Phil Mahre, who won three overall titles (1981-’83). Teammate Bode Miller has won two, and Tamara McKinney won an overall in 1983. In other good news for the U.S. Ski team, Ted Ligety won the World Cup giant slalom title by finishing third today in Garmisch. Ligety also won the GS title in 2008.


Vonn simply blew away the competition this season in the speed events: She won six of eight World Cup downhills, and was on the podium in all seven super G races, winning four. But it’s during the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics that Vonn went mainstream, capturing the Olympic downhill gold, super G bronze and the attention of the American press and public. And at 25, Vonn’s not disappearing anytime soon.