Lindsey Vonn grabs 70th World Cup win with weekend sweep

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Lindsey Vonn completed a weekend sweep of races in Lake Louise, Alberta, and reached 70 career World Cup wins with a historically dominant super-G performance Sunday.

Vonn prevailed on her favorite course, where she’s now won 18 times in 41 starts, by 1.32 seconds. It’s the largest margin of victory in a women’s World Cup super-G anywhere since March 7, 1997, according to ski-db.com.

Austrians Tamara Tippler and Cornelia Huetter were second and third. Full results are here.

“I feel like there were some people that doubted whether I could win today, and especially because Lara [Gut] had won the last couple races here in super-G,” Vonn said, according to media in Lake Louise. “And also my technician made some bets with people, so I felt a little bit like I had to come through.”

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion, also grabbed downhills Friday and Saturday in Lake Louise. She’s closer to the overall World Cup wins record of 86 held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark. Vonn also broke the record for most World Cup super-G wins with her 25th, passing retired Austrian Hermann Maier.

Vonn has swept the three weekend Lake Louise races three times in the last five seasons, though this three-peat was her first since season-ending knee surgeries in 2013 and 2014 that kept her from the Sochi Olympics.

Countrywoman Mikaela Shiffrin finished 15th, 2.29 seconds behind, in her World Cup speed event debut. She shrugged after her time came up in the finish area.

“Mission accomplished,” Shiffrin said, according to media in Lake Louise. “In the back of my head I was thinking, I’ll get points [top 30], but maybe a top 15. So by holding in 15th, that’s a really good day.

“First time on that hill ever, and I don’t ever want to leave,” said Shiffrin, who received a course report from Vonn before taking her run 17 minutes after Vonn. “I can see why Lindsey loves this place.”

Shiffrin, the Olympic slalom champion and World Cup giant slalom winner, ceded her World Cup overall standings lead to Vonn by four points. Vonn entered the weekend with zero World Cup points.

Shiffrin and Vonn are expected to have a close race for the overall title, the largest prize in the sport this season with no Olympics or World Championships.

The women’s World Cup season continues with a giant slalom and slalom in Are, Sweden, next weekend.

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