Vonn equals record with 36th World Cup downhill win

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 09, 2016 10:16 AM

(Reuters) - American Lindsey Vonn equaled the 36-year-old record of Annemarie Moser-Proell when she won her 36th World Cup downhill ski race on Saturday.

"Another race, another record!" Vonn tweeted after beating her rivals in the Austrian resort of Zauchensee by a full second. "Couldn't be happier. I'm honored that the legendary A.M. Proell was there today."

Former champion Moser-Proell, who dominated women's ski racing in the 1970s and is now 62, was in the stands to watch Vonn win the sprint downhill, run over two legs on a shortened course because of insufficient snow on the upper slopes.

Vonn clocked a combined time of two minutes 11.17 seconds, beating Canadian Larisa Yurkiw into second place. Austrian Cornelia Huetter was third, 1.66 seconds behind the American.

"I didn't let the pressure get to me and to be tied with Annemarie is incredible so I'm very happy and looking forward to tomorrow's (super-G) race," the 31-year-old Vonn told reporters.

Austrian Moser-Proell won her 36th downhill in January 1980, the same year she became Olympic champion in the discipline. Six-times overall World Cup champion, she also won the downhill world title twice, in 1974 and 1978.

(Writing by Clare Fallon in London; editing by Ed Osmond)