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February 22, 2009 — TARVISIO, Italy – It's official. Ski Club Vail product Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) is the greatest female ski racer in American history.
The 24-year-old double World Champion secured her 19th World Cup victory Sunday with a super-G win in Tarvisio, Italy, surpassing U.S. great Tamara McKinney's previous high mark of 18 established in the 1980s.
It was Vonn's sixth World Cup win of the season and 43rd podium of her young career.
Vonn now stands an impressive third for all-time for U.S. World Cup wins (male or female) behind Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) with 31 and Phil Mahre with 27.
Vonn also holds a commanding 299-point lead over best friend Maria Riesch of Germany in the overall standings with nine races remaining. No American woman has ever won back-to-back World Cup overall titles.
McKinney is the only other American woman to win the overall title, which she did in 1983 (the same year Mahre won his third straight overall).
Last season Vonn also won six World Cup races en route to claiming her first overall title. Miller won his second overall title last season but is winless so far this season.
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