Lindsey Vonn is a woman with a plan and the conviction to stick to it. After Vonn’s uncharacteristically slow performances in Bad Kleinkirchhem, Austria, last week, she explained that she was not willing to risk everything on the bumpy course in low light conditions. Her focus is on the Olympic Winter Games. That has been the American’s plan all winter: Get to the Games in good health, even if it means missing out on opportunities to get closer to the all-time wins record. It’s the same reason she chose to not start in the final race in Val d’Isere, France, in December.

Every choice Vonn makes moves her closer to that goal. This weekend in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, she chose to charge. Not only is Vonn very experienced on the track, having started there nearly 40 times, but the track was in great shape and blue skies made for perfect conditions. She took her 12th victory at the venue on Saturday.

“I love racing here,” Vonn said. “I had my first podium here, and you know, I was definitely disappointed with my result yesterday with that big mistake, but today was a great run. Clean, solid, very happy with my skiing, and this gives me a lot of confidence going forward, going into the Olympics.”

The American now has 79 World Cup victories to her name, seven away from matching Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time wins record. Vonn does her best to tune out discussion of records to focus on the skiing.

“I think it was the same when I broke Anne Marie Moser-Proell’s record here,” Vonn shared. “I think it was three years ago today that I broke the record, and everyone had been talking about it for so long, but you know, for me, I just have to focus on the skiing. I love what I do. I have to stay relaxed and enjoy it. Because if I’m thinking about the wins then I’ll never get them.”

With this win, she becomes the first person in history to win a World Cup in 15 consecutive calendar years. Vonn, who is 33 years old, also has the honor of being the oldest winner of a ladies’ World Cup downhill race, overtaking the mark held by Elisabeth Goergl when she won in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in 2014 at 32 years and 325 days.

The American superstar had good company on the podium. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein skied to second place, her second downhill podium of the season and the 13th of her career.

“It was a challenging race as it always is in Cortina,” Weirather said. “It’s a high speed course, so you have to really focus and the snow is kind of aggressive.”

Jacqueline Wiles of the U.S. Ski Team landed in third. It was particularly special for Vonn and Wiles to share the podium because Vonn has personally helped fund part of Wiles career through the Lindsey Vonn Foundation and served as a mentor to her teammate and competitor.

“It means a lot now to be on the podium with her,” Wiles said. “She’s done a lot to help me get to this point. She’s a great friend and role model, and I’m super thrilled to be on the podium with her.”

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Wiles skied to the podium one other time in her a career–a third place finish in the Altenmarkt-Zauchensee downhill last season. In her interview on The Inside Line, Wiles recalled how Vonn helped her celebrate the biggest milestone in her career so far. In Cortina, the duo got to celebrate success together.

“…And also, it was a great day having Jackie on the podium,” Vonn shared. “I kind of am her mentor. I gave her money to help get her onto the World Cup, so I’m really, really proud of her. It’s been a great weekend so far. Hopefully tomorrow is even better.”

It was a solid day for the rest of their teammates. Mikaela Shiffrin landed in seventh place, the first time she has not been on the podium since skiing to 20th in the St. Moritz super-G in December. Breezy Johnson and Alice Mckennis finished in 11th and 16th, respectively. Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross skied to 25th and 26th. Alice Merryweather finished in 42nd.

Racing action continues in Cortina d’Ampezzo on Sunday with super-G.


Top 10

  1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) –  Head / Head / Head
  2. Tina Weirather (LIE) –  Head / Head / Head
  3. Jacqueline Wiles (USA) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  4. Ramona Seibenhofer (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
  5. Michelle Gisin (SUI) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  6. Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) –  Head / Head / Head
  7. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  8. Stephanie Venier (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  9. Johanna Schnarf (ITA) –Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  10. Cornelia Huetter (AUT) –  Head / Head / Head

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  9  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA  1:36.48  0.00  100
 2  5  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:37.40  +0.92  11.92  80
 3  14  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:37.46  +0.98  12.70  60
 4  16  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:37.73  +1.25  16.20  50
 5  10  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  1:37.86  +1.38  17.88  45
 6  8  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:37.88  +1.40  18.14  40
 7  11  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  1:37.93  +1.45  18.79  36
 8  13  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:38.06  +1.58  20.47  32
 9  6  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:38.29  +1.81  23.45  29
 10  7  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:38.33  +1.85  23.97  26
 11  23  6535455 JOHNSON Breezy 1996 USA  1:38.35  +1.87  24.23  24
 12  17  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:38.36  +1.88  24.36  22
 13  15  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:38.46  +1.98  25.65  20
 14  24  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT  1:38.57  +2.09  27.08  18
 15  19  55947 VEITH Anna 1989 AUT  1:38.58  +2.10  27.21  16
 16  28  538685 MCKENNIS Alice 1989 USA  1:38.65  +2.17  28.11  15
 17  26  299466 DELAGO Nicol 1996 ITA  1:38.69  +2.21  28.63  14
 18  1  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:38.80  +2.32  30.06  13
 19  20  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:38.91  +2.43  31.48  12
 20  25  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA  1:38.95  +2.47  32.00  11
 20  22  516319 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  1:38.95  +2.47  32.00  11
 22  32  56258 AGER Christina 1995 AUT  1:39.19  +2.71  35.11  9
 23  30  197383 GAUTHIER Tiffany 1993 FRA  1:39.35  +2.87  37.18  8
 23  21  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:39.35  +2.87  37.18  8
 25  2  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  1:39.51  +3.03  39.26  6
 26  12  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:39.54  +3.06  39.65  5
 26  4  56198 SCHEYER Christine 1994 AUT  1:39.54  +3.06  39.65  5
 28  40  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:39.58  +3.10  40.16  3
 29  45  197641 GAUCHE Laura 1995 FRA  1:39.69  +3.21  41.59  2
 30  27  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI  1:39.82  +3.34  43.27  1
 31  34  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:39.93  +3.45  44.70  0
 32  33  206460 WENIG Michaela 1992 GER  1:40.03  +3.55  45.99  0
 33  29  206668 WEIDLE Kira 1996 GER  1:40.12  +3.64  47.16  0
 34  38  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  1:40.31  +3.83  49.62  0
 35  31  299624 PIROVANO Laura 1997 ITA  1:40.48  +4.00  51.82  0
 36  37  56336 DENGSCHERZ Dajana 1996 AUT  1:40.51  +4.03  52.21  0
 37  47  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:40.54  +4.06  52.60  0
 38  43  298767 SOSIO Federica 1994 ITA  1:40.62  +4.14  53.64  0
 39  36  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:40.78  +4.30  55.71  0
 40  35  297195 HOFER Anna 1988 ITA  1:40.80  +4.32  55.97  0
 41  42  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  1:40.99  +4.51  58.43  0
 42  39  6535600 MERRYWEATHER Alice 1996 USA  1:41.06  +4.58  59.34  0
 43  44  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON  1:41.26  +4.78  61.93  0
 44  46  506718 IVARSSON Lin 1996 SWE  1:41.54  +5.06  65.56  0
 45  50  465098 CAILL Ania Monica 1995 ROU  1:42.76  +6.28  81.36  0
 46  49  25194 PALLAS Carmina 1996 AND  1:42.81  +6.33  82.01  0
 47  48  45331 SMALL Greta 1995 AUS  1:43.31  +6.83  88.49  0
Did not finish 1st run
 18  516248 FLURY Jasmine 1993 SUI  0
 3  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  0
Did not start 1st run
 41  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN  0
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