Queen of the Slopes
Lindsey Caroline Vonn (born 18 October 1984) is a skiing legend and a marketing machine. As famous for her activities off the slopes as she is for her world-class talent, Vonn continues to dominate. Let's learn more about the delightful "golden girl" of downhill racing.
Lindsey Vonn isn't her original name. She was born Lindsey Caroline Kildow. Vonn is her married name from former husband Thomas Vonn, also a champion skier.
Lindsey was married to Thomas for five years. They married on 29 September 2007 and divorced on 9 January 2013.
Lindsey met golfer Tiger Woods in 2012. They began openly dating in 2013, but ultimately split up in May 2015.
Vonn was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in nearby Burnsville.
Lindsey started skiing at age two. Her father, who had been a top junior skiier, was the prime mover behind her career. They later fell out.
Vonn got her inspiration from Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street.
Vonn showed so much promise that her family moved to Vail, Colorado in the late 1990s. Her father stayed in Minnesota.
It is a 16-hour drive from Burnsville, Minnesota to Vail. The family made the round-trip many times, but it eventually got old.
Vonn has voiced regret about the move:
“Vail was wonderful to me, but I missed all the traditional things of childhood — sleepovers, school dances, making friends in a conventional way. Halfway through the second season, the rest of the family also moved to Vail. Now all my brothers and sisters had left their friends for me. That was stressful on them. I felt so guilty.”However, it certainly paid off in her skiing career.
Lindsey first competed in the World Cup in 2000. She would later win it four times.
Lindsey has an uncomfortable relationship with her father, perhaps because he pushed her to excel as a girl. She has credited some poor performances to him watching her race.
Lindsey suffered a terrible accident whilst competing in the 2006 Winter Olympics in San Sicario, Italy, and had to be air-lifted to a hospital. However, she didn't break anything and was skiing again two days later.
Lindsey earned silver medals at the 2007 World Championships in Sweden.
Vonn won the overall World Cup Title in 2008.
She repeated as World Cup champion in 2009. And 2010.
Lindsey has more World Cup victories than any United States skiier, male or female.
Lindsey won the downhill Gold Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
While Lindsey did not defend her World Cup title in 2011, she only lost by three points to Maria Riesch after several races were cancelled due to weather conditions. Vonn bounced back in 2012 to become a four-time winner.
Vonn didn't fully compete in the 2013 World Cup due to physical ailments.
Lindsey did not compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics due to injury.
Lindsey has more World Cup wins than anyone in history, male or female.
Lindsey has won the World Cup downhill title seven times, the most recent time in March 2015.
Lindsey is competing for the 2016 World Cup and is doing well, but is not the leader as of this writing.
Lindsey hasn't done much acting, but she has made appearances on various talk shows and was a correspondent for NBC News at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She also appeared in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit edition in 2010, and was Maxim Magazine's No. 59 on its list of Hot 100 list.
Lindsey currently lives in Vail, and her life is a constant cycle of physical training and skiing.