Known as the most successful female ski racer of all time, now Vonn's on to shattering men's records. (Stanko Gruden/Agence Zoom)
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Former U.S. Ski Team coaches John “Johno” McBride and Chip White both return to the U.S. Alpine Ski Team's speed teams.
The U.S. Ski Team wrapped up the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season with more than 76,000 fans attending U.S. events with estimated global TV audiences of over 25 million tuning in.
Travis Ganong led the way for the U.S. Ski Team in a challenging super G at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals on another sunny, warm, spring-like Colorado day.
Lindsey Vonn wrapped up the World Cup downhill season with her fourth podium finish of the season at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals on a warm, spring day in Aspen.
Mikaela Shiffrin, who swept the tech series and clinched the slalom globe at Squaw Valley, California, is attempting to bring home her career first overall World Cup title this week in Aspen, Colorado.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished second at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Lindsey Vonn finished second to lead four American women into the top 11 in Saturday’s downhill at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
The women’s speed team takes on the Olympic test event at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre this weekend with a downhill on Saturday and super G on Sunday.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished 13th at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G under brilliant blue skies and warm sunshine Saturday.
Ilka Stuhec narrowed the gap ever so slightly as Mikaela Shiffrin maintained her overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup lead despite not starting Friday’s alpine combined event.
If you're a ski racer you play through the pain. You don't win 77 World Cups without some agony of defeat.
Lindsey Vonn took World Championships downhill bronze medal, leading all four Americans into the top 15 in Sunday’s race.
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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.
OFF THE SNOW
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).
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