CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) – American Lindsey Vonn equalled Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 35-year-old record of 62 women’s Alpine skiing World Cup victories when she won a downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo on Sunday.
The four times World Cup overall winner and 2010 Olympic champion, who returned to action this season after a year out due to knee operations, can now break the record in Monday’s Super-G in the same Italian resort.
Vonn, 30, also celebrated her 32nd downhill win — four fewer than Moser-Proell who set her record between 1970 and 1980.
However, only four disciplines were on the World Cup programme during the great Austrian’s era, with the Super-G not introduced until the 1983 season.
“When I won my first podium here I never thought I would make it this far in my career,” said the American, who took her first top three finish in the World Cup in Cortina 11 years ago almost to the day.
“That was the first time I thought I could be a contender. Never in a million years would I have believed (then that) I could tie the record,” added Vonn, whose parents and relatives were watching.
Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark holds the men’s record with 86 wins between 1975 and 1989.
It was no easy task for Vonn, who was only 10th in Friday’s shortened downhill that was rescheduled from the Austrian resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim.
Sundsy’s downhill had been postponed from Saturday due to snowfalls and the soft conditions did not help.