It seems not a day goes by without Lindsey Vonn collecting some new mantel ornament or putting her name on a new line in the history books.
Saturday at Schladming, Austria, the U.S. skier set a World Cup women's mark for points in a season by finishing 8th in the slalom at the World Cup final.
And Saturday's awards presentation schedule also had her getting the crystal globe in super-combined, an event not contested at the final.
Vonn now has 1,980 points, 10 more than the record set by Janica Kostelic of Croatia in 2006.
It was a mark Vonn hadn't mentioned all week, preferring to focus on the record 2,000 points Austria's Hermann Maier accumulated, appropriately, in 2,000. She needs to finish 12th or higher in Sunday's giant slalom, the final race of the season, to pass Maier.
"I'm very happy with any record, but I'm going to do my best (Sunday) to get that remaining 20 points," Vonn said.
"I'm really happy with my slalom performance. I've been in the top 10 this year but I haven't had any consistency."
Vonn had finished just four of the previous eight slaloms this season, with a top finish of seventh. She wound up 20th in the season slalom standings, won easily by Marlies Schild of Austria.
Vonn has had the best giant slalom season of her career, with her first two victories in the discipline. In eight races, her lowest finish is 12th, and she is second in the season standings.
That success led her to consider skipping Saturday's slalom to do extra giant slalom training. Had she done that, Vonn would have needed to finish third to pass Maier.
"I definitely think this takes a little of the pressure off for (Sunday's) race," Vonn said. "But my goal is still the same. I still have a small chance of winning the GS (season) title. I'm going to go for the win."
To take the GS title, Vonn has to win and have the current leader, Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, fail to score a point by finishing 16th or lower.
Pretty unlikely. But no more so than Vonn's being in a position to talk about it. This is her first season above 8th in the giant slalom standings. She was 12th last year.
The combined title was her third straight and 12th of her career in one of the sport's five disciplines. Sunday, she will be presented the globe for a fourth overall season title.
Vonn's outsized collection of prizes is too much for any mantel.
That's the problem with having the mantle of greatness fit perfectly.
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