Stenmark vs. Vonn: Who was best?

In a poll of Skiing History readers, 59 percent put Stenmark first.

Lindsey Vonn’s decision at the beginning of February 2019 to retire, four victories short of Ingemar Stenmark’s 86 World Cup wins, gives rise to a debate: Which racer’s record is superior? It may be an artificial question created by the press, but Vonn herself said, “Retiring isn’t what upsets me. Retiring without reaching my goal is what will stay with me forever.”

The World Cup was originally created to honor all-round excellence in technical and speed competition. Vonn won in all disciplines, Stenmark in only two.

Starting in February, Skiing History ran a poll on its website ( and Facebook page (, asking our readers to choose between Vonn and Stenmark. Of 962 votes cast, Stenmark received 568 (59 percent) and Von 394 (41 percent). Here are some of the comments from voters... 

Want to read more? You’ve got options!

1. Join ISHA! Your annual print ($49) or digital ($29) membership includes six issues of Skiing History, starting with the current issue. Click here to get started, and select the best option for you under “Print & Digital Membership” or “Annual Auto Renewal.”

2. Sign up for a free six-month digital membership. Read every new issue online—plus back issues to 2009—for free! We’ll be in touch when your free trial membership is about to expire.

To get started, scroll down to “Digital Membership” and select “Six Month — Digital Only Membership.” Add the code FREETRIAL18 to your cart at checkout.

3. Or request a free print copy of the magazine mailed to your home. Sign up for your one-time free trial issue of Skiing History here:

(Due to the high cost of postage, this offer is limited to North American residents only.)