Lindsey Vonn Grabs Third Straight World Cup Overall Title

Fresh from being an Olympic champion and gold medalist, Lindsey Vonn grabbed her third straight World Cup overall title.Lindsey Vonn

Vonn, with her combined wins from World Cup, World Championships and Olympics, became the most decorated ski racer in United States history.

“I am so happy. It’s been such a long season,” said Vonn after being named third straight year overall winner.

She also said that she is glad “to be done with the year and finally get a chance to heal my body, because I’m definitely hurting after this long season.” She had skied with a bone bruise on her left knee after suffering a crush Thursday, March 11.

The last time a three-peat was achieved by a female athlete was from 1990-1992 by Petra Kornberger of Austria. The record however, currently belongs to Annemarie Proll, also of Austria, after taking the titles from 1971-1975. She had a sixth title in 1979.

The World Cup (held annually) is sometimes considered more important than the Olympics (held every four years) and the World Championships (held every two years) when it comes to the sport of alpine skiing since racers are required to ski in all disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, super-g, downhill and combined) at extremely high levels throughout the season (meaning in different weather conditions) across several countries.