Lindsey Vonn shoots for more than 2,000 points in World Cup season
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn wants to cap another successful season by becoming the first skier to win more than 2,000 World Cup points.
Vonn needs 193 points in the remaining four events to overtake Austrian great Hermann Maier, who set the record of 2,000 points 12 years ago.
The World Cup finals start Wednesday, and Vonn has already clinched the overall, downhill and combined titles. The super-G trophy is all but secured.
"My mindset is good, but physically I am a little bit tired," Vonn said a day before the men's and women's downhill races. "I have to stay focused because it's about the 2,000 points. I am not sure whether I can do it, but I will go for it."
On Saturday, Vonn skied out on the second run of a World Cup slalom.
Austria's Marcel Hirscher is a strong favorite to claim the giant slalom title, leading defending champion Ted Ligety by 92 points. The American must win the race Saturday and hope Hirscher finishes outside the top 15.
Vonn's finish to the season contrasts with last year's drama, when she lost her overall title to German rival and friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch by just 3 points after the final giant slalom race was canceled because of soft snow.
"Last year, I thought I had good chances, but didn't manage to take them," said Vonn, who last weekend became the first American to win four overall titles. "This year, I planned to give everything and go full-risk in every race."
Vonn said that following the divorce from her husband Thomas after the start of the season, "from a personal perspective, it was all very difficult. But when I am on the snow, it's all good and I can really enjoy it. I think I have the best job in the world."
Vonn is likely to add one more crystal globe to her season's total on Thursday. She leads Austria's Anna Fenninger by 94 points in the super-G standings.
Vonn also has a slim change in giant slalom, though she'll have to win the race Sunday and leader Viktoria Rebensburg must go scoreless to close the 95-point gap with the German.
As a result, slalom is the only discipline title that's been out of reach for Vonn. World champion Marlies Schild has won that globe, and could earn her 34th victory in the discipline on Saturday to match Swiss great Vreni Schneider's record.
On the men's side, five of six crystal globes are still up for the grabs, including the most important for the overall title.
Defending overall champion Ivica Kostelic has already won the combined title and is favorite in slalom, leadingHirscher by 50 and Sweden's Andre Myhrer by 66 points.
However, the Croat is well behind in the fight for the overall championship. Switzerland's Beat Feuz tops the standings with 1,250 points, 55 clear of Hirscher and 186 ahead of Kostelic.
"You can't start calculating," Feuz said. "I just need two top results in downhill and super-G, otherwise it won't be enough. Marcel has shown this winter that this hill suits him for the technical disciplines."
Hirscher failed to take the lead in the standings when he straddled a gate early in his opening run of a slalom Sunday in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
Swiss standout Didier Cuche looks to earn a seventh career crystal globe in one of the speed events before retiring. Cuche trails Austria's Klaus Kroell by 48 points in downhill and Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal by 42 in super-G.
"I am under pressure as well though I have nothing left to prove," Cuche said after dominating the downhill training run Tuesday.
If Cuche also wins on Wednesday, he matches the 29-year-old record of five World Cup downhill titles held by Austrian great Franz Klammer.