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Vonn Breaks All-Time World Cup Ski Record

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Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning the women's World Cup super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Jan. 19, 2015.

Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning the women's World Cup super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Jan. 19, 2015.

American Lindsey Vonn is now the most successful women's alpine World Cup skier in history, after winning a super giant slalom race Monday in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy.

Vonn captured the 63rd victory of her World Cup career, breaking the mark of 62 she had shared with Austrian great Annemarie Mose-Proell after winning the downhill race at the same venue on Sunday. Mose-Proell won her titles between 1970 and 1980.

In Monday's win, the 30-year-old Vonn beat runner-up Anna Fenniger of Austria, the season's leader in the World Cup super-G standings, by .81 seconds.

While Vonn's family was on hand both Sunday and Monday to see her try to break the record, she had not been expecting her boyfriend, U.S. golf star Tiger Woods. Woods showed up unannounced Monday in a ski hat, sunglasses and decorative cold weather mask to hide his face, and he weaved through the crowd unnoticed. Once Vonn won, he surprised her with a big hug near the finish line.

A photo of Woods that appeared online afterward not only showed his outfit, but also a missing upper tooth. According to his agent, it was accidentally knocked out by a video camera during the crush of media photographers trying to get better positions at the winner's podium.

Vonn's back-to-back wins in two days prove she's returned to form after two right knee injuries kept her out of last year's Sochi Winter Olympics. She also was injured the previous season.

Swedish standout Ingemar Stenmark holds the all-time men's alpine World Cup skiing record with 86 wins. His victories were earned from 1974 to 1989.

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