No. 1: Lindsey Vonn Smashes World Cup Records

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Lindsey Vonn dominated the 2012 ski season by unleashing a speed hurricane that included a record 12 World Cup wins en route to her fourth FIS Alpine World Cup overall title, which she locked up with five races remaining in the season. In addition, she raced to her fifth straight downhill title, fourth super G title and third consecutive super combined globe to bring her career total to 16. Vonn also broke the women’s all time World Cup point total record setting a new standard with 1,980, just 20 points shy of Hermann Maier’s men’s record. The 2012 season moved her well into the world’s all-time elite. Among women’s racers, Vonn stands behind the all-time World Cup win marks of Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 62. Among men, she’s only shy of Ingemar Stenmark who has 86 victories.

“This performance was more than a one-off event. Lindsey Vonn was stellar throughout last year’s Alpine World Cup and churned out result after result across a whole winter season, and is on-pace for another record-breaking racing season this year. She dominates her sport and is pushing to race with the men. Of all the athletes, Vonn is the only one who is really in a position to push the boundaries of her sport and take women’s skiing to the next level.”

- Matt Venzin – Digital Account Executive