[R482R, Vail], Colo.-native Lindsey Vonn won her 46th career Audi FIS World Cup race in front of her hometown fans at the inaugural women's race on the [R36R, Beaver Creek] Birds of Prey course. Vonn learned that she would race in front of her family and friends last week when the [R483R, Val d'Isere] races were moved to Beaver Creek due to insufficient snow and she took full advantage of the opportunity.

"Ever since I moved out here as a kid and was a course slipper at the '99 World Championships, I've always wanted to race here at home," Vonn said. "The support that I've received from everyone in this community has been amazing. This is a day that I'll remember for my entire life. Of the 46 wins that I have so far, this is probably the most special."


Vonn's victory at Beaver Creek was her 14th win in the last 19 World Cup super G races. Photo Courtesy of Beaver Creek.

Vonn bested Switzerland's Fabienne Suter to win her fourth race in a row and her 16th Audi FIS World Cup super G crown, tying Germany's Katja Seizinger's all-time record. It was Vonn's 14th win in the last 19 Audi FIS World Cup super G races—the other five races were all podium finishes for the American.


Vonn's hometown victory was her fourth straight World Cup win. Photo Courtesy of Beaver Creek.

"Beaver Creek has everything in this course, there's steeps, there's side hills, there's hard turns, it's technical and always coming at you and the speeds are really high," Vonn said. "It's really a lot of fun to ski. I'd love to have Beaver Creek as a regular World Cup stop."

After Vonn, Americans Julia Mancuso and Leanne Smith finished eighth and 11th respectively.