Lindsey Vonn celebrates a podium finish in the Rosa Khutor Audi FIS World Cup downhill to clinch a record fifth straight World Cup downhill title. (Getty Images/AFP-Olivier Morin)
SOCHI, Russia (Feb. 18) - With a month still remaining in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) clinched a record fifth straight dowhill title with a third place finish in Rosa Khutor on the 2014 Olympic course. Vonn now holds a 231 point lead over Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch with just two events remaining (100 points per event). Vonn matched the mark of the legendary Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell, who won five straight from 1971-75. She joined an elite group of only four athletes who have won five downhill titles including Moser-Proell (who has seven total), Austrian Renate Goetschl and Austrian Franz Klammer. Vonn has 50 career World Cup wins and will be chasing her second Audi FIS World Cup title of the season in Sunday's final super combined where she has a 180-125 lead over Slovenian Tina Maze.
Lindsey Vonn secured a historic fifth straight World Cup downhill title with third in the Sochi Olympics test event
It was the 13th World Cup title of Vonn's career
Vonn nolds an unbeatable 231 points lead over Maria Hoefl-Riesch with just two downhill races left in the season
Vonn matched Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell, who won five straight from 1971-75
Other ahletes with five downhill titles are Austrians Renate Goetschl and Franz Klammer - not consecutive
Vonn can secure the super combined title on Sunday in Sochi
QUOTES Lindsey Vonn I'm excited I was able to secure the downhill title today. That's always a big goal of mine. It means a lot to me to be able to have the numbers that those legends of skiing have. But (Annemarie) Moeser-Proell is the pinnacle of our sport and I have a ways to go before that. I'm just going to try to keep winning. Downhill is the most important title to me other than the overall. Annemarie is above me - way above me!
Downhill is my favorite event and it's always nice to wrap up a title before the end of the season, before the last races. It puts a little less pressure on me, but tomorrow is still going to be intense. I really want to win one here in Russia.
Alex Hoedlmoser, Head Coach It's an amazing performance to take five straight titles. I'm almost not able to explain it in words because it's an unbelieveble achievement. I'm just proud of her and our coaches. They're doing a fantastic job on a daily basis.
STATISTICS 7 - Annemarie Moeser-Proell (1971-79 including five straight from 1971-75) 5 - Lindsey Vonn (five straight from 2008-12) 5 - Renate Goetschl, Austria (1997-2007) 5 - Franz Klammer, Austria (1975-83)