March 9, 2013
Lindsey Vonn’s only disappointment of the 2012 season goes a long way toward showing just how successful the year was for her.
Though she had won an incredible fourth overall skiing World Cup, becoming only the sixth woman to join the all-events winners club in the process, Vonn regretted her final points tally for the year was just short of the FIS Alpine Record of 2,000.
With 1980 points, however, she was still 578 ahead of her second place rival and there was no question Vonn was still the stand-out woman skier of her Generation.
After three consecutive overall World Cup wins from 2008 to 2010, Vonn missed out on the 2011 title to her close friend Maria Hofl-Riesch by just three points.
But by reclaiming the top sport in 2012, she rose to second place on the all-time winners list, behind just Annemarie Moser-Proll with six World Cups.
Along with the overall World Cup, Vonn demonstrated her incredible versatility yet again by winning the Downhill, Super G and Combined titles as well. This makes 2012 the fifth straight year she has won the Downhill title, the fourth year she has won the the Super G and the third year she has won the Combined. And finishing the 2011/2012 season with 53 World Cup wins, she is behind only Moser-Proll, who won 62, and Vreni Schneider, who won 55.
But do these achievements make Vonn the greatest sportswoman of last year? Now she is nominated alongside London 2012 Olympians Jessica Ennis, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Allyson Felix and Missy Franklin along with tennis star Serena Williams, sports fans across the world are soon to find out.