The American ended a five-week winless streak Sunday with a dominating victory in the super-G, capturing her 47th career title. Vonn finished a massive 0.61 seconds ahead of rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch, of Germany, and Tina Maze, of Slovenia, was third.
Laura Kildow began a visit to Europe last weekend only to witness Vonn uncharacteristically miss the podium in two speed races because of a stomach illness.
“I felt bad last week because I didn’t do very well,” said Vonn, the overall World Cup leader. “It wasn’t a very good example of a World Cup weekend, but this weekend went much better.”
Vonn’s victory moved her ahead of retired Austrian great Renate Goetschl on the career list. Only Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell (62) and Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider (55) have more.
“Records in skiing are really important to me,” Vonn said. “The history in our sport is something you can look back on when you’re career is over and really be proud of what you accomplished.”
Vonn opened the weekend with a second-place finish in Saturday’s downhill, although she almost risked missing that race following a warmup mishap with her sister – which she hesitated to recount.
“Oh my gosh! She’s going to kill me,” Vonn said. “She thought it was going to be really cool to try to beat me and I didn’t know she was so close behind me, and she came up and clipped the side of me and totally went down.
“But she had the biggest smile on her face as she was crashing into the woods. We were laughing about it this morning. She’s so small but she has absolutely no fear.”
Vonn claimed her sixth career win in Cortina, moving within four of Goetschl’s record for victories in a single resort. She also tied Goetschl for the most super-G wins on the all-time list with 17.
Vonn extended her lead in both the overall and super-G standings. She holds a 291-point lead over Maze in the overall standings and stands 87 points ahead of Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter in the super-G.