11:55 AM EDT, March 14, 2012
Another day, another historic achievement for Lindsey Vonn.
Vonn's win in Wednesday's downhill at the World Cup finals in Schladming, Austria, was her 12th of the season, breaking the U.S. record for single-season victories she had set in 2010.
With three races left - a Super-G, giant slalom and slalom - Vonn has an outside shot at the all-time record for men or women, 14, set by Switzerland's Vreni Schneider in 1989.
"Everything has gone so well this year, I can't help but smile every day," Vonn said after winning Wednesday's race by nearly a second over Marion Rolland of France.
Vonn has a much better chance at breaking the World Cup single-season points record, 2,000, set by Austria's Hermann Maier in 2,000.
"Today was a big step toward that," Vonn said. "Hopefully tomoprrow (in the Super-G), I can win again and reach a dream well I didn't think was possible."
A race victory is worth 100 points.
Wednesday's win was her fifth in this season's eight downhills. She was second, third and fourth in the other three, easily winning her fifth straight World Cup season title in the discipline.
Vonn needs only make the top 15 or have Austria's Anna Fenninger not win Thursday's Super-G to take that World Cup season title for the fourth straight year. (If That would give her 16 overall and discipline season titles, tying Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell for most ever.
There would be an asterisk attached to that distinction because Super-G and super-combined were not World Cup disciplines in the Moser-Proell area. Vonn also has won three combined season titles.
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