Lindsey Vonn mastered the Golden Fox to win the Maribor giant slalom for the 59th victory of her career (Getty Images/AFP - Stanko Gruden)
MARIBOR, Slovenia (Jan. 26) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) powerfully mastered the Golden Fox in Maribor for a stunning giant slalom victory to capture the 59th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win of her career. Third after the opening run, Vonn accelerated immediately after breaking the start wand, nearly went on her hip mid run and picked up speed all the way to the finish to win the second run, regulating hometown hero Tina Maze to second. The four-time World Cup overall champion is now three short of Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell's women's victory record of 62. Universal Sports Network will broadast the race at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) proved strong in a masterful giant slalom victory in Maribor for the 58th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win of her career.
Vonn is now just three shy of tying the women's all-time victory record of 62 set by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell.
It was Vonn's first giant slalom win since March 9, 2012 when she clinched her fourth overall title with victory in Are, Sweden.
All six of Vonn's podiums this season have been victories (3 downhill, 2 super G, 1 giant slalom).
Hometown favorite Tina Maze was second to continue leading the overall and giant slalom standings.
Universal Spots Network will broadcast the race at 1:30 p.m. ET as part of Winter Bowl Weekend.
A slalom is slated for Sunday in Maribor with Shiffrin seeking her fourth win of the season.
It's the final race before the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, which open Feb. 4 in Schladming, Austria. The U.S. team will be named Jan. 28.
QUOTES Lindsey Vonn I don't know what to say. I skied well the first run, but I didn't ski the bottom very well and in the second run I just said 'ok, it's all or nothing, I have to go for it.' I definitely made some mistakes but to have my first win in GS since last year is perfect.
When I made that mistake, I thought I wasn't going to finish. I was like 'no, not again' because three years ago I was in second place and I crashed three gates from the finish and I didn't want to have that happen again.
I had not skied a giant slalom for a month. I was hoping for a good result but not to win but this course perfectly suits my style.
The timing for the world championships could not be more perfect. This is a highlight after a tough moment. It also convinced me I could do well in giant slalom and I will race in four events at the worlds.