Hall of Fame Nominee
The record for the most consecutive wins of the FIS Speed Ski World Cup titles (Crystal Globe’s) is 5 and was achieved by Tracie Sachs (USA) from 2003-07. The feat of gaining 5 consecutive World Cup titles in the sport of skiing has only been equaled twice. By Lindsey Vonn, and Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell. The speed is staggering – 238.57 or 148.27 miles per hour, the fastest American woman ever.
At age three, Tracie was enrolled in the Hunter Mt. Racing Team where she competed in slalom and G.S. races. In the late 1990’s Hunter Mt. held a speed ski event, and she was hooked for speed.
In 1999 she borrowed a pair of 240 cm skis and headed for Colorado for a speed skiing race. That year she came in 3rd at U. S. Nationals. 1999 she wound up ranked 2nd in the U.S. and 3rd in the World with a top speed of 125.000 mph. In 2000 she was the highest ranked U.S. woman, and 2nd place in the World. Her top speed that year was 132.500 mph. In 2001 she duplicated her time and was ranked 3rd in world. 2002, 1st in U.S., 2nd in world with her speed of 140.450.
Tracie’s first World Cup “Crystal Globe” year was 2003. She was overall FIS Speed Ski World Cup Champion and U.S. Champion, her fastest time was 142.200 mph. Though she didn’t improve on her fastest speed, she won the overall speed ski globe again in 2004 and 2005. Additionally, in 2005, she was crowned FIS World Champion, a title that is only given every 2 years. In 2006, she earned another World Cup Globe, Her fastest time that year was 148.270. 2007 capped off her string of 5 FIS Crystal Globes.
Several of alpine ski racing events are recent creations. Speed Skiing is the mother/father of alpine racing starting in the 1800’s and is still going strong. Among the strongest, toughest, fastest and most decorated is Tracie Max Sachs.
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