Lindsey Vonn, born on October 18, 1984, is a former U.S. Ski Team’s alpine ski racer. Throughout her career, she has won four World Cup championships; three of those were consecutive victories in 2008, 2009, and 2010, with another win in 2012. Vonn was the first American woman to win a gold medal in the downhill discipline at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She scored a record of eight World Cup season titles downhill (2008 to 2013, 2015, and 2016), five titles in super-G (2009 to 2012 plus 2015), as well as three consecutive titles combined from 2010 to 2012. Vonn obtained her 20th World Cup crystal globe title in 2016, a record for men and women overall, and is the second-highest super ranking among all skiers in the world. She is one among six female skiers to have won all five disciplines of alpine skiing in World Cup races with a total of 82 World Cup victories, the highest record in the female category. She is dubbed one of the greatest skiers of all time and the most successful American ski racer before finally announcing her retirement in 2019 due to injuries. Let’s celebrate her success in her special moment today.
Lindsey Caroline Kildow Vonn
October 18, 1984
Lindsey Vonn was born Lindsey Caroline Kildow on October 18, 1984, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to lawyer couples Alan Lee Kildow and Linda Krohn Anne. She is one among five siblings with two sisters, Karin and Laura, as well as two brothers, Dylan and Reed. Vonn was raised in the metropolitan area of the Twin Cities in Burnsville, Minnesota. From her father’s side, she has Irish ancestry while her mother has German and Norwegian ancestry. Vonn had already been skiing since two years old and moved into Burnsville’s Buck Hill Erich Sailer’s development program. At nine years old, she met her role model, the Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, who had a great impression on little Vonn and would later become her mentor.
Her international fame started when Vonn became the first American female skier to win the slalom race at the 1999 Trofeo Topolino competition in Italy at 14 years old. She grabbed a silver medal in the downhill discipline of the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) junior world ski championships in 2003, snatching another silver medal at the U.S. championships in 2004. Vonn was airlifted to the hospital in 2006 after crashing during a downhill training run for the Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Nevertheless, she returned two days later and competed despite her injuries, earning her the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award. Following her recovery, she won two silver medals in super-G and downhill at the 2007 World Championship, but Vonn tore her right knee’s anterior cruciate ligament during a training session, thus having to retire early from the season.
In what was dubbed the best year of her career, Vonn earned six World Cup victories and her first overall World Cup title between 2007 and 2008. She broke the U.S. record previously set by Street and Daron Rahlves at the season’s penultimate competition, winning her 10th career World Cup downhill race to become the first American woman to clinch the achievement since 1996.
Vonn is the first American female skier to win the slalom race at the Trofeo Topolino competition in Italy at 14 years old.
Vonn wins two silver medals in the FIS junior world ski championships and the U.S. championships.
Vonn achieves six World Cup victories and her first overall World Cup title, breaking the U.S. record previously set by Picabo Street and Daron Rahlves at the season’s penultimate competition.
Vonn wins two gold medals at the World Championships, winning the World Cup supergiant slalom title, as well as getting her second World Cup downhill and overall titles.
Vonn is forced to withdraw from the Sochi Winter Olympics due to the slow recovery of her injuries, but she returns in December to win her 63rd career World Cup race.
Following another downhill bronze during the 2019 World Championships, Vonn announces her retirement from competitive skiing.
Why We Love Lindsey Vonn
She helps in the development of others
Vonn runs a foundation known as the Lindsey Vonn Foundation that provides scholarships for sports, education, and enrichment programs to help the younger generations with the tools they need to achieve their dream. Vonn and her foundation are committed to engaging the community with a positive and constructive atmosphere, helping future generations with whatever passions they may have.
She is a history maker
Vonn’s gift for competitive sports is unquestionable. She won four World Cup championships throughout her career. She broke records over and over again to become one of the greatest skiers of all time and make her country proud.
She is extremely dedicated
Skiing is a dangerous sport and Vonn, of all people, should know that best. There have been a lot of times when she suffered multiple injuries to the point of having to pull back from competitions. However, she was never afraid to pick up her skiing gear once more and continued to obtain victories after victories until the day of her retirement.
5 Surprising Facts
It runs in the family
Vonn was taught how to ski by her grandfather while her father also used to be a competitive skier when he was young.
She owns the “Vonndogs”
The skier owns a King Charles, a boxer mastiff, and a chow-retriever dog, known as the “Vonndogs” on Instagram.
The cold bothers her
Despite being a skier, Vonn isn’t fond of the cold although she likes being outside.
She is surprisingly superstitious
Her outfit when she races must be color coordinated and she usually wears a piece of jewelry that has a significant meaning to her.
She is bad at other sports
Even though she’s a multiple times World Champion at skiing, Vonn confesses that she’s tried other sports, such as tennis and figure skating, and discovered that she’s not good at them.
Lindsey Vonn FAQs
Is Lindsey Vonn married?
The former athlete is now dating Spanish actor and tequila entrepreneur, Diego Osorio.
Did Lindsey Vonn marry Tiger Woods?
Vonn was in a relationship with the famous golfer for two years. They split up in 2015.
How much do professional skiers earn?
Skiers don’t usually make much money from the sports, earning an average of $30,000 to $125,000 a year. Most skiers utilized their popularity to earn more money with advertising deals and sponsorships.
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