On Saturday, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) powered to a giant slalom victory in Maribor, Slovenia to capture the 59th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win of her career.
Vonn beat the World Cup overall leader Tina Maze on her home course. "I skied well the first run," said Vonn. "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."
The four-time World Cup overall champion is now three short of Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell's women's victory record of 62.
On Sunday, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) finished eighth in the Maribor slalom to retain her lead in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom points going into Tuesday's City Event in Moscow. Race winner Tina Maze did not disappoint her home town crowd and produced a brilliant wire-to-wire victory for her seventh win of the season.
Maze now leads the overall World Cup standings with 1,654 points, more than double runner-up Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) is third, Shiffrin seventh and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) eighth.
The FIS Alpine Ski World Championships opens Feb. 4 in Schladming, Austria. The U.S. team will be named Jan. 28.
Lindsey Vonn Strikes A Winning Pose At Maribor GS Copyright Getty Images