GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — A career milestone and a rare family reunion. All of which left Lindsey Vonn in tears, and it made for a perfect day.
Vonn earned her 50th World Cup victory Saturday, winning the downhill on the demanding Kandahar course with temperatures plunging to minus 13.
“It’s crazy. I am at a loss for words. I already cried with one of the TV crews and that is enough crying for the day,” Vonn said. “Fifty World Cup wins is a huge mark for me in my career and more than I even thought possible. I just wanted the 50th win.”
Few skiers reach the 50-win landmark. Among the women, only Annemarie Moser-Proell, of Austria, (62) and Vreni Schneider, of Switzerland, (55) are ahead of Vonn. Only three men have 50 or more: Ingemar Stenmark, of Sweden, (86), Hermann Maier, of Austria, (54) and Alberto Tomba, of Italy (50).
At 27, Vonn is older than Moser-Proell was when she broke the mark, but younger than Schneider.
“My goal is always only to win the next race,” Vonn said later, answering questions in her nearly flawless German.
At the rate Vonn is going, Schneider’s mark is unlikely to last long. Vonn already has nine wins this season. Vonn’s first win was in March 2006 in Norway.
Vonn won in 1 minute, 44.86 seconds. Nadja Kamer, of Switzerland, was 0.41 seconds behind and Tina Weirather, of Liechtenstein, finished third, 0.79 back.