How Lindsey Vonn Continues to Dominate Women's Downhill Ski Racing

January 11 2010, 9:22 AM
Vonn, Lindsey_2There really is no other way to describe Vail's Lindsey Vonn than "dominant." The downhill skier won her third straight World Cup race Sunday, winning a super-G in Haus im Ennstal, Austria, in one minute, 26.69 seconds to beat Anja Paerson of Sweden by .53 seconds (via the Associated Press). That followed wins on Friday and Saturday, making Vonn the first American (male or female) to earn a victory on three straight days and the first woman anywhere to do so since 1997. The Chicago Tribune notes that the only thing Vonn needs is an Olympic medal at next month's Winter games in order for her career to be the greatest in U.S. alpine skiing history---and she's just 25 years old. Some of Vonn's other accomplishments include six wins on the World Cup circuit this season (no other man or woman has more than three). She has nine podium finishes in 17 World Cup races this season; the other American women have none. She has 16 career downhill wins, tying her for fourth all-time. And perhaps the strangest stat of all: Vonn has acquired five cows for her skiing. She won her first, Olympe, as a prize for the 2005 World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, France. Olympe lives in Kirchberg, Austria, and has had three calves and one grand-calf. The U.S. men also did well over the weekend, making U.S. Nordic combined history on Sunday. The AP reports that Bill Demong and Todd Lodwick finished 1-2 in Val Di Fiemme, Italy, becoming the first Americans in the sport to stand on a World Cup podium together. There could have been three Americans on the podium, but Lodwick, of Steamboat Springs, stepped on teammate Johnny Spillane's pole with less than two miles left in the race, and Spillane, also a Steamboat native, ultimately finished 22nd.