Lindsey Vonn: American Skiing Star on Pace to Become Best Ever with Super-G Win

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2012

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY - JANUARY 15: (FRANCE OUT) Lindsey Vonn of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's SuperG on January 15, 2012 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn moved into third place on the overall all-time wins list with a dominating performance at the World Cup Super-G in Italy on Sunday.

According to NBC Sports, Vonn finished up in a shade over a minute and 26 seconds, winning by 0.61 seconds. 

The 27-year-old Vonn is already a distinguished Olympic champion, but now finds herself just 16 World Cup victories away from sitting atop the downhill skiing world. She currently trails European skiers Annemarie Moser-Proell and Vreni Schneider for first and second place respectively.

Considering Vonn is one of only five women to have won all five variations of downhill alpine skiing, it's safe to assume that if she can remain somewhat healthy, in three or four years she will be alone in the record books.

Her resume is impressive, and her superstar traits only add to her marketability as one of the world's most intriguing individual athletes.

Vonn has six World Cup wins on the 2012 season and there are still a couple of events left for the taking. Her 11 World Cup wins in 2010 are a career-best; Vonn won six races in January 2010 alone, something few skiers could ever dream of doing.

Vonn has a bright future and is poised to become the best ever at women's downhill alpine skiing. She has the work ethic, the medals and soon the wins to trounce any contrasting arguments.

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