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Lindsey Vonn Wins 4th World Cup: Becomes Most Successful US Skier Ever - Male or Female

Lindsey Vonn Wins 4th World Cup: Becomes Most Successful US Skier Ever - Male or Female

Skiing legend Lindsey Vonn won her 4th overall World Cup title on Friday, making her the most successful American skier (male or female) of all time. Vonn surpassed American Phil Mahre’s three overall titles and now sits in second place on the international women’s list, just behind Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell. Moser-Proell currently holds six titles, a record that has not been broken since its inception in the1970s.

Skiing legend Lindsey Vonn won her 4th overall World Cup title on Friday, making her the most successful American skier (male or female) of all time, according to the Associated Press

Vonn surpassed American Phil Mahre’s three overall titles and now sits in second place on the international women’s list, just behind Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell.  Moser-Proell currently holds six titles, a record that has not been broken since its inception in the1970s. 

Vonn still plans to compete next week in the giant slalom events at the World Cup finals. She clinched the cup early (1,808 points) with three individual races (super-G, downhill, and the GS) left in the season. 

"It is a lot less stressful clinching the overall title before the finals," Vonn said. "Last year, I think I lost years off of my life. It's been an amazing season, one where I've had a lot of fun and enjoyed every race. I've found my rhythm in GS for the first time in my career."

Vonn is no stranger to accolades; she won Olympic gold in Vancouver in the downhill, she received 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year honors, and was named the US Olympic Committee’s Sportswoman of the year in 2010.

Image via Getty. 

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