“It’s your time, Lindsey,” a U.S. ski Team staff member yelled out, invisible behind the start gate as bib 16 stood breathing harshly and staring out over the familiar downhill slope before her. Lindsey Vonn has raced in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, every year since 2004 aside for 2014 when she was injured. With nine wins on the track already, could she grab another to become the winningest World Cup downhill skier of all time?

She knew where she had to focus, telling reporters on Friday that the middle section was most important.

“There are the most dynamic turns where you really carry the speed to the finish,” she explained.

CORTINA D AMPEZZO,ITALY,23.JAN.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill, ladies. Image shows Lindsey Vonn (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian WalgramVonn charged down the course, fighting the wind with only a few bobbles, ultimately winning her 74th World Cup race and setting a new record for World Cup downhill wins after surpassing Annemarie Moser-Proell with 37. 

“The more people talk about the records the harder it is to break them. So I try to stay focused on skiing, and I thought I skied really well on the top and went a little too straight at the bottom, but still was able to pull it off,” Vonn said. “It’s always tricky with these conditions, you know. The wind was going back and forth, and some people got head wind and some people got tail wind and I’m just really happy that I was able to come away with another win and another record.”

The next record for Vonn to break could be the all-time wins record, currently held by the legendary Ingemar Stenmark with 86 victories.

“Stop talking about Ingemar!” she joked. “I need to just focus on tomorrow. One day at a time, one race at a time. I mean I can’t start calculating the numbers because it just gets in my head and it just makes it a lot harder than it needs to be. I just need to ski solid and not have any mistakes and then the results will come and then the records will come. But you can’t put the cart before the horse.”

Her initial lead was over a second, but Larisa Yurkiw of Canada and Lara Gut of Switzerland made sure to close the gap on the podium — 0.28 and 0.67 seconds off of Vonn. Yurkiw’s run, a repeat of her race at the venue last year, puts her in second place in the downhill standings though still trailing Vonn by 122 points. The performance by Gut was just good enough to keep her in the overall lead by a mere 10 points.

CORTINA D AMPEZZO,ITALY,18.JAN.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill ladies. Image shows Lara Gut (SUI). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Florian Ertl“I am happy about the way I ski, but this race is like that,” the Swiss skier explained. “It’s an outdoor sport. Sometimes you get lucky and you don’t get wind and other times (you’re) just trying to find a way into the finish. So it was a good day for me, and I hope tomorrow is going to be even better and wind is going to stop.”

Johanna Schnarf pulled through for the host nation, earning fifth — her best finish since Cortina last year. The next best Italian on the day was Verena Stuffer in ninth place, 1.75 seconds of the winning time.

Aside from Vonn, only one other American was able to scrape into the top 15, as Stacey Cook finished in 15th. Laurenne Ross and Jacqueline Wiles were 19th and 30th, respectively, while teammates Alice McKennis, Breezy Johnson and Anna Marno skied to 35th, 37th and 38th place.

The racing at Cortina d’Ampezzo continues on Sunday, Jan. 24 with the super G starting at 11:30 a.m. local time.

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The Scoop 
by Hank Mckee

1. Vonn, Head/Head/Head
2. Yurkiw, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
3. Gut, Head/Head/Head
4. Weirather, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
5. Schnarf, Fischer/Fischer/Fisher
6. Miklos, Head/Head/Head
7. Kling, Head/Head/Head
8. Rebensburg, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
9. Stuffer, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9. Puchner, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

  • Women’s World Cup downhill Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, Jan. 23, 2016. … It is the 21st race of the women’s 41 race schedule … the fifth of nine scheduled downhills. … It is the 94th World Cup race hosted by Cortina … the 39th downhill. … Lindsey Vonn is the defending champion. … She has nine victories from Cortina, four of them downhills. … Picabo Street won twice and Julia Mancuso won the 2007 super G.
  • It is the 74th career World Cup win for Lindsey Vonn, extending the women’s all-time record. … It is her 37th career DH victory, moving her out of a tie with Annemarie Moser-Proell to become the all-time leader in the category, men or women. … It is the 297th U.S. Cup win. … It is her seventh win of the season and third in DH. … It is her 10th win at Cortina matching Renate Goetschl’s all-time mark for wins at the site. Winning margin is 0.28 seconds. … Top three finishers are within the same second. … Top 14 within two seconds.
  • It is the fourth career World Cup podium for Larisa Yurkiw, the third this season. … It is her second podium scored at Cortina, the previous coming Jan. 16, 2015.
  • It is the 27th career World Cup podium for Lara Gut … her fifth of the season and second of the season in DH. … It is her third Cortina podium, first in DH.
  • It is the fourth best result of the season for Stacey Cook … the 42nd time she has finished in the top half of a World Cup race. … Laurenne Ross matches her sixth best finish of the season and her eighth best at Cortina. …It is the 12th career World Cup score for Jacqueline Wiles. … Her sixth this season.
  • Lara Gut leads the World Cup overall standings 810-800 over Vonn. … Frida Hansdotter (did not race) is third overall with 661pts. …
  • Vonn leads the downhill standings 400-278 over Yurkiw. … Cornelia Huetter is third with 272pts. … Stacey Cook is ninth in the downhill standings with 132 pts.
  • Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup standings 2628-2015 over Italy. … Switzerland is third with 1964pts. … The U.S. is fourth at 1590 and Canada ninth at 679.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  16  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA  1:37.01  0.00
 2  19  106849 YURKIW Larisa 1988 CAN  1:37.29  +0.28  3.61
 3  17  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:37.68  +0.67  8.63
 4  8  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:38.02  +1.01  13.01
 5  6  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:38.07  +1.06  13.66
 6  13  245066 MIKLOS Edit 1988 HUN  1:38.09  +1.08  13.92
 7  9  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:38.32  +1.31  16.88
 8  18  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:38.62  +1.61  20.75
 9  3  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA  1:38.76  +1.75  22.55
 9  2  56125 PUCHNER Mirjam 1992 AUT  1:38.76  +1.75  22.55
 11  11  516319 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  1:38.77  +1.76  22.68
 12  20  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:38.86  +1.85  23.84
 13  21  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:38.93  +1.92  24.74
 14  5  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:38.97  +1.96  25.26
 15  12  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  1:39.10  +2.09  26.93
 16  4  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:39.14  +2.13  27.45
 17  26  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO  1:39.28  +2.27  29.25
 18  22  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI  1:39.30  +2.29  29.51
 19  14  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:39.32  +2.31  29.76
 20  23  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:39.35  +2.34  30.15
 21  28  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA  1:39.39  +2.38  30.67
 22  24  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:39.67  +2.66  34.27
 23  10  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:39.86  +2.85  36.72
 24  15  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA  1:39.87  +2.86  36.85
 25  37  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:39.89  +2.88  37.11
 26  27  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI  1:40.03  +3.02  38.91
 27  31  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:40.15  +3.14  40.46
 28  25  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela 1981 ITA  1:40.23  +3.22  41.49
 29  35  516145 KUENG Mirena 1988 SUI  1:40.28  +3.27  42.13
 30  7  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:40.30  +3.29  42.39
 31  49  206444 HOESL Simona 1992 GER  1:40.31  +3.30  42.52
 32  33  55913 MOSER Stefanie 1988 AUT  1:40.35  +3.34  43.04
 33  30  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT  1:40.36  +3.35  43.17
 34  1  196968 BAILET Margot 1990 FRA  1:40.43  +3.42  44.07
 35  29  538685 MCKENNIS Alice 1989 USA  1:40.64  +3.63  46.77
 36  36  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:40.74  +3.73  48.06
 37  40  6535455 JOHNSON Breezy 1996 USA  1:40.75  +3.74  48.19
 38  48  539457 MARNO Anna 1992 USA  1:40.82  +3.81  49.09
 38  41  155563 KRIZOVA Klara 1989 CZE  1:40.82  +3.81  49.09
 40  38  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:40.83  +3.82  49.22
 41  44  56336 DENGSCHERZ Dajana 1996 AUT  1:41.28  +4.27  55.02
 42  46  206668 WEIDLE Kira 1996 GER  1:41.40  +4.39  56.57
 43  34  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:41.55  +4.54  58.50
 44  32  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON  1:41.58  +4.57  58.89
 45  47  206520 DORSCH Patrizia 1994 GER  1:41.63  +4.62  59.53
 46  42  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:41.66  +4.65  59.92
 47  43  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN  1:41.67  +4.66  60.05
 48  51  197383 GAUTHIER Tiffany 1993 FRA  1:41.68  +4.67  60.17
 48  50  56224 MAIER Sabrina 1994 AUT  1:41.68  +4.67  60.17
 50  39  197615 BESSY Anouk 1995 FRA  1:41.75  +4.74  61.08
 51  45  197641 GAUCHE Laura 1995 FRA  1:42.59  +5.58  71.90
 52  52  465098 CAILL Ania Monica 1995 ROU  1:45.70  +8.69  111.97
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