Lindsey Vonn broke the women's single-season World Cup points record with an eighth place slalom finish to bring her 2012 total to 1,980. Folowing the race, she was awarded the super combined title (Mitch Gunn/www.sportsphotographer.eu)
SCHLADMING, Austria (March 17) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) set the women's single-season Audi FIS World Cup points record Saturday with an eighth place finish in the season slalom finale. The finish elevated her to 1,980 points, 10 more than the former record set by Croatian Janica Kostelic in 2006. Vonn can set the all-time mark for men and women, surpassing Hermann Maier's single-season record of 2,000 points set in 2000, with a 12th place or better finish in Sunday's giant slalom - the final race of the season.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) set the women's single-season points record with eighth in the final slalom of the year.
She eclipsed Croatian Janica Kostelic's 2006 record by 10 points and now sits at 1,980 for 2012.
With a 12th place or better finish in Sunday's giant slalom, Vonn can pass Hermann Maier's 2,000 point record.
Austrian Mikaela Kirchgasser won the race as teammate Marlies Schild claimed the slalom title.
World Cup rookie Mikaela Shiffrin was 15th to close the season ranked 17th in the slalom standings. Vonn was 20th.
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was 20th in the race and currently sits fourth in the overall standings.
Vonn has a chance mathematically to capture her first World Cup giant slalom title on Sunday.
QUOTES Lindsey Vonn Slalom has been a struggle for me the last couple of years. It was a good step for me today. That was the goal, to try to get a few points and try to make my job easier for tomorrow.
I am really excited about Janica’s (Kostelic) record. Tomorrow I hope I can get the remaining 20 points to beat Hermann’s (Maier) record.
I can also win the GS title still, so tomorrow I am going to go as hard as I can. I am going to risk it but I am also going to ski smart. It’s a difficult course, a really steep course.
I was debating about whether it was better for me to train for GS and really try to prepare for that. But 53 points means I have to get third or better so I decided to try and get a couple of points today.
Mikaela Shiffrin I am really happy with how my season went. I exceeded a lot of my expectations and a lot of other people's expectations. I am always looking for that top spot on the podium but not this time so congrats to Marlies (Schild) and Mikaela (Kirchgasser), they skied great, but I am definitely happy about how I have done this year..