It's a title reserved for the best to ever play their sports. If Lindsey Vonn can win 10 more World Cup races, starting this week at Lake Louise, she'll be able to stake her claim as alpine skiing's Greatest Of All Time.
by David Compa
Lindsey Vonn's World Cup skiing victories have already earned her a pair of cows. But what she really wants, most of all, is to be the GOAT. Greatest Of All Time is a title reserved for the best to ever play their sports. It's usually bestowed upon men: Michael Jordan in basketball, Wayne Gretzky in hockey, Usain Bolt in sprinting, Roger Federer in tennis, and so on. "There's always the connotation of 'Are you the best female? Are you the best male?'" Vonn said earlier this year, at an athlete summit in Los Angeles. "I don't want to be known as the best female skier. I want to be known as the greatest of all time. "It's not necessarily fair that the men get that title most of the time, but that is what it is." If anyone can change that, it's Vonn. At 33, the American powerhouse has won 77 World Cup races across all five alpine disciplines: downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and combined. She is a four-time World Cup overall champion and has won 16 more Crystal Globe trophies as the season champion in a single discipline. She owns two world titles — downhill and super-G in 2009 — and won Olympic gold in the downhill and bronze in the super G at Vancouver 2010. (If you're wondering, the cows came in lieu of prize money for World Cup victories in Val d'Isere, France. At the 2009 world championships, she won a goat — yes, an actual goat.) If she can win 10 more World Cup races, Vonn will beat the all-time record held by the male Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark, who won 86 between 1974 and 1989. But the clock is ticking. There is no room for error or injury. 5 Things About Lindsey Vonn2:36 Vonn has missed portions of three of the last five seasons because of injuries, and says her "biggest concern is just staying healthy." "It's important for me to have just as much rest as I have training," she said. "If I'm burnt out I'm not going to perform my best, and it also puts me at a higher risk of injury. So the goal is to be as healthy and in shape as possible, as strong as I've ever been, but also being rested and as fresh as possible. "Obviously, I'm mentally extremely motivated, but physically keeping that freshness and — especially at my age — making sure that