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Known as the most successful female ski racer in the world – Lindsey Vonn is one of the few world-class, four-event ski racers. She is the only American woman to ever capture downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles. Six weeks after she turned 20, Vonn (then Kildow) produced her first World Cup victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. She has since captured an all-time win record on the women's side with 76 World Cup wins. In addition to her 2010 Olympic downhill gold and super G bronze, she holds five World Championship medals, including double gold in 2009.

In her comeback year for the 2014-15 season, Vonn really charged and proved to everyone that she is back and better than ever, leading the way in the first-ever historic U.S. podium sweep in Lake Louise and snagging the all-time World Cup wins record of 63 wins and extending that total to 67 by season's end, along with grabbing super-G and downhill titles, third overall and 19 total World Cup titles – the record among females and matching Ingemar Stenmark's record.

In August of 2015 during her first full, injury-free prep period in years, Vonn suffered another setback in Coronet Peak training, fracturing her left ankle. She came back with a vengeance, though, taking a clean podium sweep of Lake Louise and then continuing to break records – like grabbing her 36th downhill win in a two-run sprint downhill in Zauchensee to tie Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record. In La Thuile, Vonn grabbed second in the downhill, clinching her eighth World Cup downhill title and becoming the first skier in history to have won 20 crystal globes, surpassing Stenmark's 19. Leading in the overall standings, Vonn crashed in Soldeu-El-Tarter, Andorra's super G sustaining a left tibial plateau fracture and going down on a sled following the crash. The next day, in what seemed to be a superhero-like feat, Vonn decided to ski the alpine combined. She did what no one expected she could have done, and won the super-G portion of the combined and ended up 13th after slalom, forcing a three-way tie for the combined globe with one event to go.

With three weekends of racing remaining in the season, Vonn won nine races and was currently leading the World Cup overall – by a slim margin – and super G standings, and in a three-way tie for the alpine combined lead. She wisely called it a season so she could set her sights on the healing process and prepare for a couple of big years to come. When the 2017 season began, Vonn joined the men's speed team for early season training in Portillo, Chile and was off to a promising start before breaking the humerus of her right arm in a November training crash at Copper Mountain, CO. This injury had Vonn out until January 15th, when she returned to competition at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria. She won in just her second race back – a downhill the following weekend at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – though struggled to find her timing for much of the remaining season. Winning a bronze in the downhill at St. Moritz, Switzerland World Championships, she said: "The bronze for me today feels like gold."

Vonn now looks forward to the 2018 Olympic year, after grabbing two strong second place finishes at the test event in Jeongseon in 2017, behind Italy's Sofia Goggia with a combined deficit of just eleven hundredths. With fire in her eyes and redemption on her mind, she'll undoubtedly put on a good show in 2018. We'll be watching.

Growing up in the Twin Cities area (in Burnsville), Vonn was on skis at two before moving into Erich Sailer's renowned program at Buck Hill. She commuted to Vail for a couple of years before the Kildow family moved to Vail in the late Nineties. En route to the World Cup, she excelled at every level: Junior Olympics, Trofeo Topolino, Whistler Cup (kids 11-14), Junior Worlds, NorAms and Europa Cup.

Vonn is a media mogul. From her roots in small town Minnesota, she has become a regular on "Most Marketable" athlete lists. It's no wonder major companies have picked her up for national television commercials. She played a major role in NBC’s Today Show coverage of the Sochi Olympics by hosting her own segments and providing analysis from the NYC studios. Grab any major magazine and she's probably been in it–Glamour, Women's Health and People to name a few. Or on the cover–Fitness, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, TV Guide to name a few more.

Out of her ski boots, Vonn swings a mean tennis racquet and golf club. After recording a hole-in-one during one of her first full 18 holes, Vonn is now a staple at charity tournaments. But if you ask her about her favorite thing to do besides ski, she'll tell you it's all about spending time with her family and new pooches, Leo, Bear and the newest addition to her family – Lucy (Instagram: LeoAndBearVonn).



OLYMPICS (top 15)
Teams: 2002, 2006, 2010
Gold, DH, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
Bronze, SG, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
6th, Combined, Snowbasin, UT, 2002
7th, SG, Torino, ITA, 2006
8th, DH, Torino, ITA, 2006
14th, SL, Torino, ITA, 2006

Teams: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
3rd, DH, St. Moritz, SUI, 2017
5th, AC, St. Moritz, SUI, 2017
Bronze, SG, Vail/Beaver Creek, USA, 2015
5th, DH, Vail/Beaver Creek, USA, 2015
Gold, DH, Val d'Isere, FRA, 2009
Gold, SG, Val d'Isere, FRA, 2009
Silver, DH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2011
Silver, DH, Are, Sweden, 2007
Silver, SG, Are, Sweden, 2007
4th, DH, Santa Caterina, ITA, 2005
4th, Combined, Santa Caterina, ITA, 2005
9th, SG, Santa Caterina, ITA, 2005

WORLD CUP (highlights)
Won in her second race back after two injuries, DH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER, 2017
Nine World Cup wins in three disciplines - AC, DH, SG (2016)
Four-time overall champion (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)
Eight-time downhill champion (2008-2013, 2015, 2016)
Five-time super G champion (2009-2012, 2015)
Three-time super combined champion (2010-2012)
Women's season-long point record of 1,980 set in 2012
American record for victories (77 as of March 2017)
All-time World Cup win record for women (77 as of March 2017)
Led First-Ever Historic U.S. podium sweep, along with Stacey Cook (2nd) and Julia Mancuso (3rd) (Lake Louise DH, 2014)
Women's record for World Cup titles with 20, surpassing mark set by Ingemar Stenmark (2016)
38 downhill victories, surpassing Annemarie Moser-Proell’s previous record of 36 victories (2016)
American single season victory record (12, 2012)
Has won in all five World Cup disciplines

2009, SL, Alyeska, AK
2008, Combined, Sugarloaf, ME
2004, SL, Sugarloaf, ME
2004, SG, Sugarloaf, ME
2003, Combined, Whiteface, NY

2015 Launched The Lindsey Vonn Foundation
2012 Beck International Award – USSA top annual honor
2012 USSA Alpine Athlete of the Year
2011 ESPY for Best Female Athlete
2011 Laureus World Sport Award
2011 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Female Athlete
2011 Preis Herbert Award
2010 Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year
2010 ESPYs for Best Female Athlete and Best Female Olympic Athlete
2010 Beck International Award Winner
2010 USOC Athlete of the Year
2009 Colorado Athlete of the Year
2009 Minneapolis Star Tribune Athlete of the Year
Three-time Junior Worlds medalist
1999 SL winner at Topolino, Italy children's races


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