Lindsey Vonn Wins Downhill Title Despite Injury
Lindsey Vonn won her sixth World Cup downhill title today despite the fact that she couldn’t race.
How? Well, the final event of the season was canceled today due to fog. With the race canceled, Vonn maintained a one point lead over Tina Maze of Slovenia and claimed a record sixth downhill World Cup title.
Vonn wrote on Facebook: “Omg I won the World Cup Downhill title!!!!! 6 in a row with a bum knee!”
Vonn was injured after a crash earlier this year (you can see some photos of her injury here) and has had to watch the skiing season move on without her. Vonn vowed that she would be back on the mountain by the Winter Olympics but had basically given up hope on competing this season.
But just because you can’t compete doesn’t mean that you can’t win.
Maze, who won the overall title, congratulated Vonn on her win, saying: “I guess the DH globe belongs to someone else, Congratulation Lindsey!”
The NY Times notes that the winds may have blew in Lindsey’s direction this time around but they haven’t always been in her favor. In 2011, Vonn lost her chance at a fourth overall title when the weather conditions in Lenzerheide canceled the season ending event.
Vonn wrote: Everything in life comes back around. #believe #karma #onelegvictorydance #sochi2014.
Omg I won the World Cup Downhill title!!!!! 6 in a row with a bum knee! Everything in life comes back around…. fb.me/DHefBqkD
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) March 13, 2013
Vonn may have earned her 6th downhill title with a stroke of good luck but that doesn’t mean that she is undeserving of the honor. The World Champion skier won three downhill events this season. Maze, who missed out on the DH globe by one point, claimed her only victory after Vonn was hurt.