Vonn wins 20th World Cup trophy – the most of any skier

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Lindsey Vonn made history again this season.

The Minnesota-born skier became the first person in history to win 20 crystal globes, a news release says. (The crystal globe is the trophy awarded to the winner in each of the five disciplines at the end of the World Cup season.)

"I can't even comprehend what that means," Vonn wrote in a post on her Facebook page. "... I am beyond thrilled and proud to break another record."


The 20th title win came after placing second in Saturday's downhill at La Thuile in Italy. Vonn is 173 points ahead of Larisa Yurkiw of Canada in the downhill cup standings with only one race left on the calendar, the International Ski Federation website shows.

Social media gaffe makes headlines

But her record was overshadowed by a gaffe she made on social media that forced her to issue an apology to not upset her sponsor, the Daily Mail explains.

On Friday, Vonn posted a video (which has been deleted) of her destroying her bindings with a hammer after losing a ski during a race, NBC Sports reports.


The video upset Head, one of her top sponsors, The Associated Press explains. But Vonn later apologized, telling The Associated Press, "I was a little bit too emotional. It was a good lesson for me. I just have to remember that I have a lot of people looking up to me and I can't let my emotions get the best of me."

Vonn finished the weekend placing third in a Wold Cup super-G Sunday, NBC Sports says. But she didn't escape a joke or two in response to Friday's video.


“There’s a lot of jokes out now, but I did it to myself,” Vonn said, laughing, NBC Sports reports. “Pretty much everyone’s making jokes about it. There’s a lot of jokes one can make with a hammer.”


"I think maybe at the beginning of the season because I was winning so often everyone thought it was real easy, and it’s really not easy. The conditions were tough today, soft snow. Yesterday, it was kind of hard for me to get my confidence back after crashing (in Friday’s downhill), but I still was able to fight through and get two podiums, and anytime you’re on the podium, you have to be really happy, and I am," Vonn said, according to the U.S. Ski Team news release.

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