Lindsey Vonn Wins Her First Race Since The Olympics. Now She’s Closer To A World Record

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Lindsey Vonn celebrated her 82nd win Wednesday when she finished first at the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden, according to the Denver Post.

Vonn, who won bronze in downhill at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics last month, is now within four wins of tying the all-time record for World Cup wins set by Ingemar Stenmark at 86. (RELATED: Check Out The Hottest 2018 U.S. Female Winter Olympians [SLIDESHOW])

“Grateful #82,” Vonn wrote on Instagram after narrowly defeating Italy’s Sofia Goggia.

“Sometimes it’s nice to be old,” Vonn told reporters after the win. “It’s nice to have run this course before. It’s fun to be back and it’s fun to be old at this point, maybe have a slight advantage over the youngsters.”

The race was her 31st time in Are since 2006, the place she won her first two championship medals.

“It reminds me of the days when Maria (Hoefl-Riesch of Germany) and I were fighting for every single title, every single year,” Vonn said. “Now there’s a new face. Sofia is a great character. She always gives it 110 percent.”

“Sometimes she wins, sometimes she crashes,” she added. “I feel like it’s very similar to myself. We have a great deal of respect for each other, and it’s been fun competing with her this year, going back and forth (with) the lead, but I’m really happy to have closed the season out with a win and I’m sure she’s very excited to have the title.”