Vail’s Lindsey Vonn breaks record with 63rd World Cup victory, gets surprise greeting
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — Lindsey Vonn of Vail captured a super-G event on Monday to break the record for most World Cup victories with 63 – then got a surprise in the finish area.
Vonn finished in 1 minute, 27.03 seconds at the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 of a second ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria.
The record broke a tie with Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell, who set the mark from 1970 to 1980.
Vonn tied the mark Sunday with a win in the downhill. She has won 32 downhills, 21 super-Gs, three giant slaloms, two slaloms and five combined races. She also won the gold medal in the downhill at the 2010 Olympics.
In the finish area, Vonn’s boyfriend, Tiger Woods, surprised her and the two shared an emotional embrace.
“No way!” Vonn exclaimed when she saw Woods.
“I didn’t think this could get any better than (Sunday) with my entire family here but now with Tiger here, this is unbelievable,” Vonn said. “I said, ‘I can’t believe you came.’ And he said, ‘I told you.’
“I had no idea he was here. He told everyone to keep it a secret and I’m surprised. Normally no one can keep a secret in my family. … He just showed up. … He has a tournament soon. So he’s got a lot of work and I’m surprised that he was able to come all the way over here for a few hours to watch me ski.”
Pictures of Woods showed him possibly missing a tooth that quickly made their way through social media wondering what happened. He did not speak with reporters.
Woods was wearing a mask to weave through the crowd unnoticed until he reached Vonn.
Vonn has won four events this season as she continues her comeback from two knee injuries that kept her out of the Olympics last year.
Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee after a crash at the 2013 world championships in Schladming, Austria. She tried to come back for the Olympics but reinjured the knee in France in December 2013 that led to a second surgery.
Vonn hopes to compete at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.