Lindsey Vonn breaks record with 37th World Cup downhill win

Lindsey Vonn set a new record on Saturday with her 37th career World Cup downhill win.
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Lindsey Vonn set a new record on Saturday with her 37th career World Cup downhill win.

The American topped Canada’s Larisa Yurkiw by 0.28 seconds to claim a win in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy, racing the Olympia Della Tofane course. Vonn broke Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record, which had stood since 1980, on the same course she broke her record for overall women’s victories in 2015.

The win was Vonn’s 74th across all her events and her seventh of the season. She moves closer to Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time cross-discipline record of 86 victories.

“It's pretty awesome,” Vonn told reporters. “I was really nervous today, actually. I've won so much here, and there was just a lot of pressure. The more people talk about records the harder it is to break them. So I tried to stay focused on my skiing, and I thought I skied really well on the top. I went a little bit too straight on the bottom. But I was able to pull it off.”

Switzerland’s Lara Gut finished third to maintain a 10-point lead in the overall standings, ahead of Vonn.

Vonn races again in Sunday’s super-G.