I got a bit emotional reading about this. I think Bode Miller is right when he says she is the best alpine ski racer of either gender off all time. I was lucky to get to see her win her Olympic gold in person.
Bode Miller, considered America’s greatest male ski racer, said he believed Vonn was the best skier ever even without her having exceeded Stenmark’s record, especially as Vonn was the rare skier who won World Cup races in five Alpine disciplines: the downhill, the super-G, the slalom, the giant slalom and the combined.
All of Stenmark’s victories came in two events, the slalom and the giant slalom.
“In my opinion, she is at the top,” Miller told Reuters in January. “Stenmark lived in a different era and never had to deal with the things Lindsey had to deal with throughout her career. Even just the number of races he had in a season was different to Lindsey.