With two storied skiers sitting on the edge of history, both Lindsey Vonn and Hannah Kearney broke records in Downhill Alpine and Freestyle skiing in their respective ski disciplines.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) in Italy, put down a near flawless super G run Monday to win her 63rd Audi FIS Ski World Cup and etch her name into the record books as the winningest women’s World Cup racer ever. Skiing at the end of the top seed in the 22nd start position, Vonn took command from the start and posted a .85 second margin over Austria’s Anna Fenninger.
After winning the downhill yesterday Sunday, the Super G win, boosted her beyond the mark of 62 set by Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell between 1970-80.
“It’s amazing—words can’t describe my feeling,” said Vonn. “63 feels incredible. I’m really proud of what I’ve done and I’m excited about the future.”
In Austria at the World Championships, Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) continued the season long rivalry, taking gold in dual moguls in a thrilling finals matchup with Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe. It was Kearney’s eighth career World Championships medal, the most ever of any freestyle skier.
After skiing to a silver medal in the single moguls competition the previous night, Kearney skied with technical ease winning the gold in Duals.
“I had it as my goal to win the qualifying runs so I would have my pick of the course,” said Kearney. “It helps you focus because you only have to look at one side of the course. I also went to a helicopter on the bottom air instead of a heli mute grab because it allowed me to ski a little bit faster and have a better landing.”