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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn, née Lindsey Kildow, (born October 18, 1984, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.), American Alpine skier who won four women’s World Cup overall championships (2008–10 and 2012) and is the all-time leader in women’s World Cup race victories with 82. She also won three Olympic Winter Games medals and eight world championships medals during her international racing career.

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What is Lindsey Vonn known for?

American Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn won four women’s World Cup overall championships (2008–10 and 2012). With 82 wins at her retirement in 2019, she was the all-time leader in women’s World Cup race victories. She also won three Olympic Winter Games medals and eight world championships medals.

How did Lindsey Vonn become famous?

In 1999, at age 14, Lindsey Vonn became the first American female to win the slalom race at Italy’s Trofeo Topolino competition for skiers age 11–14. Three years later Vonn competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, racing in Alpine combined and slalom.

How many Olympic Winter Games did Lindsey Vonn compete in?

Lindsey Vonn competed in four Olympic Games: the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and the P’yŏngch’ang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She won gold and bronze medals in 2010 and a bronze medal in 2018.

Did Lindsey Vonn retire?

Lindsey Vonn announced her retirement in February 2019. She competed in her final downhill event on February 10 at the 2019 world championships in Åre, Sweden. After winning the bronze medal in the event, Vonn officially retired.

Kildow burst onto the international skiing scene in 1999 at age 14 when she won the slalom race at Italy’s Trofeo Topolino competition for skiers aged 11–14, becoming the first American female to capture the event. She skied in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, racing in Alpine combined and slalom, but she managed only a sixth-place finish in combined. She won a silver medal in downhill at the 2003 Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) junior world ski championships and again took silver in downhill one year later at the U.S. championships.

Kildow was a medal favourite going into the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, but she crashed during a downhill training run and was airlifted to a hospital. Kildow, who said at the time that she thought she had broken her back and that her career was over, returned and within two days was competing despite the injury. She did not win a medal, but her courageous showing earned her the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award. Kildow recovered in time to win silver medals in downhill and supergiant slalom (super-G) at the 2007 world championships, but she partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in a crash during a training session to put an early end to her season. Later that year she married American skier Thomas Vonn. (The couple divorced in 2013.)

Lindsey Vonn rebounded from injury once more and had the best year of her career during the 2007–08 skiing season. She earned six World Cup victories to finish the season with 1,403 points, more than 200 points ahead of her nearest competitor, and captured her first overall World Cup title. At the season’s penultimate competition, Vonn won her 10th career World Cup downhill race to break the American record set by Picabo Street and Daron Rahlves. By then she had already clinched the World Cup downhill title, the first American woman to do so since Street in 1996. Her momentum continued into the next year, as she won gold medals in the downhill and supergiant slalom at the 2009 world championships, the World Cup supergiant slalom title, and her second World Cup downhill and overall titles.

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At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Vonn won a gold medal in downhill and a bronze in the super-G. She followed her Olympic exploits with a third consecutive World Cup overall title in March 2010. In addition, she captured downhill, super-G, and combined World Cup championships in the 2009–10 season, which brought her career total to 33 titles and broke Bode Miller’s U.S. record. In the 2010–11 season, Vonn repeated as World Cup champion in each of the three disciplines she had won the previous season. She won the first giant slalom race of the 2011–12 season to become the fifth female skier to win a race in each of the five World Cup Alpine disciplines. Later that season she captured her fourth overall World Cup title.

In January 2013 Vonn crashed during a super-G run at the Alpine world championships and tore two ligaments in her knee, ending her 2012–13 season. (Nevertheless, she managed to accumulate enough points during the season to win her sixth straight downhill World Cup title five weeks later.) A slow recovery forced her to withdraw from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics shortly before they were scheduled to begin. She returned to racing in December 2014 and one month later won her 63rd career World Cup race to break the record for most all-time World Cup victories for a female skier. She captured World Cup season titles in downhill and super-G that year and finished third overall in the World Cup standings. Vonn then took the super-G bronze medal in the 2015 world championships. In March 2016, shortly after winning her 20th career World Cup title (in the downhill discipline), she fractured her leg and withdrew from the remainder of the 2015–16 season. Vonn returned in January 2017 and in the following month won a downhill bronze medal at the world championships, becoming (at age 32) the oldest woman to medal in the history of that event. At the 2018 Winter Games in P’yŏngch’ang, South Korea, Vonn won a bronze medal in the downhill event. She won another downhill bronze at the 2019 world championships and retired from competitive skiing after that event.

How old is Lindsey Vonn?

Lindsey Vonn is an American skier, the member of the US national team and currently one of the best skiers in the world. She was born as Lindsey Caroline Kildow in 1984 in Minnesota and grew up in a small city, with her four siblings. She started training as a skier when she was 7 and became a winner of her first serious international competition in Italy when she was 14. She joined junior competition of the Olympic games in 2002 and managed to win silver. In the mid-2000s, she became a member of the Red Bull team and had great hopes for the Olympics, but suffered trauma and missed the main tournaments. However, the 2010 and 2014 Olympics became the peak of her career, bringing her a number of titles and victories. Vonn had been trying to bring her to the best form for the Winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea, and she became the winner of bronze on the downhill. Vonn was married to Thomas Wood, a skier, but they divorced in 2011. She is considered one of the most good looking female athletes, and for some time she was dating Tiger Woods, but they could not stay together for long.

With a record 78 World Cup wins and two Olympic medals to boot, Lindsey Vonn is the most decorated female ski racer of all time. And this February, she hopes to up her number of victories at the Olympics in South Korea, where she’ll race in her signature speed events. Despite sustaining recent injuries — like breaking her arm in November and hurting her back in December — the 33-year-old will stop at nothing until she grabs gold.

Here’s everything you need to know about the unstoppable force on the slopes that is Lindsey Vonn.

Midwestern roots

Vonn hails from Minnesota. Her father, Alan Kildow, is a former junior national ski champion who put her on skis at age 3, near their Burnsville, Minnesota home. She trained at Buck Hill with her father’s former coach, 2005 U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee Erich Sailer, according to a 2008 Sports Illustrated profile.

And she quickly surpassed her peers.

“That was not the greatest way to make new friends,” she told The New York Times of her experience growing up. “I would finish a race and all the 14-year-olds at the bottom would be crying because a 10-year-old had beaten them.”

Vonn skies during the 2005 FIS World Cup Women’s Super-G December 11, 2004 in Altenmarkt, Austria. Agence Zoom/Getty Images

A rift in the family

In 1997, when she was in sixth grade, Vonn and her mother, Linda, moved to Vail, Colorado, where she raced for the famed Ski Club Vail. The next year, her dad and four siblings (Karin, Reed, Dylan, and Laura) followed. “It was hard for them,” Vonn told Sports Illustrated of the move. “Vail’s a really tight community. There aren’t that many kids there. It wasn’t an easy adjustment.”

Vonn with her family during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Downhill on January 18, 2015 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

At 14, Vonn earned a spot on the U.S. development team. And four years later, she made the U.S. Women’s A team. She excelled at both the technical events, like slalom, and the speed events, like downhill. At age 16, she made her World Cup debut in Park City, Utah.

Later that year, Vonn, then 17, met former U.S. alpine ski racer Thomas Vonn (nine years her senior) at her Olympic debut at the 2002 Salt Lake Games, where she finished sixth in the combined event, the highest placing by an American woman skier that year, according to The New York Times. The two tied the knot in September 2007 and Thomas began focusing his attention on his wife’s career. He became her coach, adviser, manager, and “sports psychologist,” according to The New York Times. However, the marriage caused a rift in Vonn’s relationship with her father, whom she didn’t invite to the wedding and stopped speaking to for six years.

Vonn often cited her ex-husband’s guidance and moral support for helping make her the top American female racer in history, according to the Times.

“My husband is my life, besides skiing,” she even wrote on her MySpace page in 2008. “So don’t even try to get my number!”

Lindsey and Thomas after she captured the Women’s overall Downhill title at the FIS Alpine World Cup Downhill on February 22, 2008 in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Breaking records

In 2004, Vonn stood on the World Cup podium for the first time, after a third place finish in downhill at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Four years later, she won the overall World Cup title, becoming the second American woman to do so. She kept up her winning streak and took home the overall World Cup title again in 2009 and 2010.

During her first event at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Vonn picked up a gold medal in the downhill at Whistler Blackcomb, beating longtime U.S. rival Julia Mancuso by 0.56 seconds, according to the Washington Post. She became the first American woman to win in downhill at the Olympics and in the super-G (super giant slalom), she nabbed a bronze medal. They were her first and, to date, only Olympic medals.

Two years later, in 2012, Vonn nabbed an impressive fourth overall World Cup title. The win was exciting, but the year 2012 was tainted in turmoil for the skier. At the end of November 2011, Vonn and her husband filed for divorce. “Everyone saw me on TV, or read articles, and it was all about my great marriage, the white picket fence, all this success and my perfect life,” she told PEOPLE. “But behind the scenes, it was a struggle.”

Vonn admitted she suffered from bouts of depression, which only grew worse in the last months of her marriage to her husband-turned-coach, according to a Vogue profile.

” doesn’t work,” she told the magazine. “I think there needs to be a certain kind of understanding because it’s very hard for me to relate to someone who doesn’t do sports at a high level. That part is necessary. But to have business in the relationship is very difficult. It definitely did not work for me, and I would not recommend it. I would also not recommend getting married!”

Tiger and Lindsey on October 6, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

Tiger years

Vonn met Tiger Woods at a charity event in 2012, only two years after his massive cheating scandal broke. “We talked a lot, corresponded a lot, and he was a good friend who was always there. And then it became more,” she told Vogue. “It’s amazing. Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it. I am a little bit of a late bloomer. I’m delayed. Having a delayed reaction here! But I figured it out.”

But while her relationship bloomed, her professional career came to a screeching halt, after devastating crashes ended both her 2013 and 2014 seasons.

In the 2014-2015 season, fittingly called her “comeback year” on the , Vonn lead the way in the first-ever historic U.S. podium sweep (along with Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso) and landed the all-time World Cup win record for women.

Later that year, in May 2015, Vonn and Tiger announced their amicable split after three years of dating. “I will always cherish the memories that we’ve created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart,” Vonn said in a statement at the time. “I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Lindsey Vonn of USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Super G on December 16, 2017 in Val-d’Isere, France. Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

A golden future

After missing the 2014 Sochi Games due to a knee injury, Vonn is set to make her Olympic return in Pyeongchang this February. Although she suffered both an arm and a back injury in the past few months, she scored a win in Val d’Isere in December, her first World Cup victory since January 2017. She held back tears at the race because her father, who had never seen his daughter race at the famous French resort, was in the crowd.

She told the Vail Daily: “I’m 33, I’ve been injured quite a few times, but my passion for the sport has never changed. Since I started skiing and started racing when I was 8 years old, I’ve loved what I do, and I don’t want to stop doing it. As long as I’m enjoying it and I don’t have to use too much duct tape to hold my body together, I’m good.”

Since the victory, she has spent time training in Aspen, reports TIME.

Trump controversy

While preparing for what TIME says is likely Vonn’s last chance to increase her Olympic medal count (and she’s hoping for gold!), Vonn caused quite a stir in December after telling CNN that she would not accept an invitation from President Trump to visit the White House after the Olympics. “I hope to represent the people of the United States,” Vonn said, “not the president.”

Some praised Vonn for her stance, while others, she claims, hoped she might “break neck” for her speaking out.

“It seems to me that we must lead with understanding and strive for unity in our relationships throughout the world. As for myself, my recent comments opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now. It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being ‘anti-Trump.’ We need to find a way to put aside our differences and find common ground in communicating. Is it wrong to hope for a better world? All of this is much bigger than skiing and the Olympics. I am going to take the next two months to focus on what I can do and right now that is competing for my country,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Poignant race

The Games are especially significant for Vonn, who lost her 88-year-old grandfather in November. She will race in his honor.

“If it wasn’t for my grandfather I wouldn’t be racing,” Vonn told CNN. “My grandfather taught my father how to ski. It’s because of him that it is in our family. It was a huge loss to me and my family. I think about him all the time, especially when I’m racing. And I feel closer to him when I’m skiing.”

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She’s only a week into retirement but Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn said she’s having a tough time adjusting to a lack of a routine.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years and to wake up and suddenly not have that is really weird,” she said Thursday on TODAY. “I have not adapted at all. I’m kind of losing my mind already and it’s only been a week.”

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But Vonn admits she has a great partner helping her through the transition, her professional hockey player boyfriend, P.K. Subban. The Nashville Predators defenseman surprised her by decorating her home recently with balloons and a cake in the form of a goat — as in “greatest of all time!

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“He celebrates my career as much as I do and he’s such a great athlete himself that it means so much coming from him,” Vonn said.

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Although she may have retired officially Vonn said she still sees herself on the slopes for many years to come.

“My body gave out but my passion for skiing will always remain,” she said. “I can’t wait to go skiing with my kids one day.”

Asked by TODAY’s Hoda Kotb on whether those children are something she sees in the near future, Vonn said: “We have to plan it out.”

But she acknowledged the topic comes up.

“I’m 34. We’re thinking about it,” she said.

Vonn and Subban were first linked together back in April 2018, according to Us Weekly. “We’re very happy, we’re very much in love,” she told the magazine last fall.

But for now, Vonn has more immediate plans to work on. She told TODAY she wants to start her own beauty business. She has also been working with her mentor, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and is an executive producer for an upcoming film.

“I still don’t have a regimented program, but I’m trying to map things out. I’m a planner,” she said.

Lindsey Vonn Biography

Lindsey Caroline Vonn, best known as Lindsey Vonn, is an American retired alpine skier who has won four World Cup championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. She has also won a gold medal in the 2010 Olympic Games.

The thirty-four years is currently dating her boyfriend, P.K. Subban. As of 2019, Vonn’s net worth is approximately $6 million.

Lindsey Vonn Net Worth and Endorsement; How much does she Earn?

Lindsey Vonn has an estimated net worth of $6 million as of 2019, mostly earned through her Ski career. Further, her career earning from prize money is recorded to be around $1.4 Million.

In 2013-14, her annual income was about $3 million including her prize money and endorsement amount.

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In 2018 season, Vonn earned more than $200,000 in prize money.

In 2013, she signed endorsements with Head, Oakley, Red Bull, Rolex, and Under Armour, which is the additional source of her earnings.

Lindsey Vonn Personal Life; Is she Married?

On 29th September 2007, Lindsey Vonn tied the knot with her fellow 2002 Olympian and former U.S Ski Team athlete Thomas Vonn at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah.

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The couple spent four years together and later decided to end their marital relationship and eventually divorced on 9th January 2013.

Later, she met golfer Tiger Woods at a charity event in 2012. Vonn and Woods started dating each other in March 2013 and split in May 2015.

She then briefly dated Canadian actor Alexander Ludwig in 2016. After tragic separation with Ludwig, Vonn had an affair with Kenan Smith in November 2016. However, the couple broke up in November of 2017.

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Currently, she is in an open relationship with Ice hockey defenceman, P. K. Subban. The two often shares the adorable picture via their official socials.

Lindsey Vonn Bio and Early Life

A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Lindsey Vonn was born on 18th October 1984 to Linda Anne and Alan Lee Kildow. Her birth sign is Libra. Vonn holds an American nationality and belongs to Norwegian ancestry. She grew up with her four siblings in Burnsville, Minnesota. She has two brothers named Reed Kildow and Dylan Kildow, and two sisters named Karin Kildow and Laura Kildow.

At the early age of two, Vonn started skiing and subsequently moved to Erich Sailer’s prominent development program at Burnsville’s Buck Hill. Her father, who had won a national junior title before a knee injury at 18, motivated Lindsey to work hard.

At 10, Vonn met Picabo Street, an Olympic gold-medalist racer, whom she considers her paradigm and idol. He later served as her skiing mentor. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri High School, a distance K-12 high school for Distance and Independent Study.

Lindsey Vonn Skiing Career

Early Life

Lindsey pursued her skiing career as a child at Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard in Burnsville, Minnesota. Later, she attended lessons at Ski Club Vail, an alpine racing program, afterward extended and renamed into Ski & Snowboard club Vail that taught skier from age 6 and up.

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During her first year at the club, Vonn skied under Coach Colby S. Scudder, who was the only female coach in Ski Club Vail. The following year, she moved into the age class program and skied under Alpine Ski Coaches Gus Pernetz, Todd A. Rash, Chip Woods, and Reid Phillips.

Von debuted in the World Cup on 18th November 2000, in Park City, Utah, when she was only 16.

Senior Career

Lindsey Vonn made her first Olympic debut in 2002 at the age of 17. She won a silver medal at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Mt. Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska, in 2004, and also competed at the World Championship held in Bormio, Italy in 2005. She was finished third in the Women’s World Cup held in Åre, Sweden in 2007.

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Vonn has won four World Cup overall championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. Furthermore, she won 5 titles in Super-G (2009-2012, and 2015), a record eight World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008-13, 2015, 2016), as well as 3 consecutive titles in the combined (2010-12). Vonn also won the 20th Word Cup Crystal Globe title, an all-time record among men or women. In the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vonn took home a gold medal in the downhill, being the first ever American woman in the event.

Lindsey Vonn is one of six women who has won World Cup races in all 5 disciplines of alpine skiing and has won overall 77 World Cup races in her career until 6th February 2016. As on now, Lindsey Vonn is the most successful American ski racer in history following her 77 World Cup victories, Olympic gold and Bronze medals, 4 overall World Cup titles, and 5 World Championship gold medals.

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In the year 2010, she was awarded the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award as well as the United States Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year.

Due to her injuries, Vonn missed several seasons, including almost all of 2013 and 2014. Before she returned back in 2015, she also served as an NBC news correspondent, covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

On February 10, 2019, she retired after winning a bronze medal in women’s downhill

TV Appearances

Lindsey Vonn has made her appearances on the numerous TV shows including The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Access Hollywood. On 24th of May 2010, she made her appearance as a guest star in the final series episode of Law & Order.

Vonn came into sight in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition which featured Olympians from the 2010 Winter Games where she was photographed nude except for body paint which ultimately ranked her no. 59th on Maxims Hot 100 list 2010.

Lindsey Vonn (born October 18, 1984) is an American based Alpine Ski Racer from Minnesota, USA. Furthermore, she is a four-time world overall champion in alpine skiing. She plays for Vail SSC Club. The full name of Vonn is Lindsey Caroline Vonn. She and Annemarie Moser-Pröll have won three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Due to injuries, Lindsey has to miss several seasons of 2013 and 2014. However, the champion skier is planning to retire. Moreover, she has decided to give up alpine skiing after the 2018-19 season.

Still, her fans have one season to watch her playing on the snow. She was honored by the US Olympic Committee as the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year 2010. In the meantime, she worked as a correspondent for NBC News and covered the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi (Russia).


Early Life, Parents, Siblings & Childhood

Thomas Vonn’s ex-wife was born on the 18th of October 1984 in Saint Paul (Minnesota, USA). Therefore, Lindsey Vonn’s age is around 35 years old, as in 2019. In fact, she is the daughter of Alan Lee Kildow (father) and Linda Anne (mother).

Her father won the Junior Champion in skiing at the age of 18. However, he could not pursue it further due to his knee injury. She has two brothers Reed Kildow and Dylan Kildow. The names of Lindsey’s two sisters are Laura Kildow and Karin Kildow.

Personal Life, Spouse & Boyfriend

Lindsey Vonn with ex-husband “Thomas Vonn”.

Furthermore, she did an online program from the University of Missouri High School. Vonn also attended the Eric Sailor’s skiing program in Buck Hill at the age of two.

Lindsey married her husband “Thomas Vonn” in 2007. He is also a professional alpine ski racer. Though, the couple divorced at the beginning of 2013.

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In December 2019, Vonn engaged her longtime boyfriend named “P. K. Subban“. His nationality is Canadian and a professional Ice hockey defenceman.

Wiki & Bio
Full Birth Name Lindsey Caroline Vonn.
Nickname Lindsey Vonn.
Working As Alpine Ski Racer.
Age (As of 2019) 35 years old.
Date of Birth October 18, 1984.
Birthplace Saint Paul (Minnesota, USA).
Nationality American.
Gender Female.
Star Sign (Zodiac Sign) Libra.
Ethnicity Caucasian White.
Religion Christianity.
Current Residence Saint Paul (Minnesota, USA).
Famous for Won the 20th World Cup Crystal Globe 2016.
Physical Stats & More
Height (Tall) Feet & Inches: 5′ 10″.
Centimeters: 178 cm.
Meters: 1.78 m.
Weight Kilograms: 72 Kg.
Pounds: 132 lbs.
Bra Size 33B.
Body Measurements (Breast-waist-hips) 34-26-35.
Shoe Size (US) 6.
Tattoo details? None.
Eye Color Dark Brown.
Hair Color Blonde.
Parents Father: Alan Lee Kildow.
Mother: Linda Anne.
Siblings Brother: Reed Kildow and Dylan Kildow.
Sister: Laura Kildow and Karin Kildow.
Famous Relatives Not Known
Personal Life
Marital Status Married.
Dating History? In a relationship with American Alpine Ski Racer Thomas Vonn.
Boyfriend PK Subban (Canadian Ice Hockey Player).
Husband Thomas Vonn (m. 2007 to div. 2013).
Son None.
Daughter None.
Highest Qualification High School Graduate.
School University of Missouri High School.
Alma Mater Will update.
Hobbies & Favorite Things
Favorite Celebrities Actor: Tom Cruise.
Actress: Jennifer Aniston.
Dream Holiday Destination Miami.
Favorite Color Pink.
Love to do Shopping, and Traveling.
Favorite Food Sea Food.
Money Factor
Net worth $3 Million USD (As of 2019).
Income Source Alpine Ski Racing Salary, Business, TV Appearance, Shows & Modeling.
Contact Details
Official Website

Some Lesser Known Facts about Lindsey Vonn

  • Lindsey is the first American to win the gold medal in Downhill Winter Olympics 2010.
  • In fact, she has made the record of getting eight World Cup titles from 2008-13, 2015 and 2016.
  • On the other hand, Thomas’s spouse has written a book like Strong Is The New Beautiful (2016).
  • She has also won the World Cup races in five disciplines like downhill, super-G, giant slalom, super combined and slalom.
  • By February 2018, she participated and won more than 82 races in her career.
  • How tall: Lindsey Vonn’s height of 5 feet 10 inches helped his Ski racing career. In addition, she has maintain a healthy weight of 72 Kg (159 lbs).

  • Now, Vonn is the greatest American ski racer.
  • As of 2019, the estimated Vonn’s Net worth in 2018 is $3 Million US Dollars (approx).
  • She has created an all-time record of passing Ingemark Stenmark, Sweden by winning 19 globes (1975-84).

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  • Furthermore, she received her 20th World Cup Crystal Globe in 2016.
  • In men or women, her ranking is the second-highest in the world.
  • Apart from being a sportsperson, she owns her clothing line, Gorgeous Vail.
  • She started her own Foundation to support young girls.

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Injuries and 2014 Winter Olympics

On February 5, 2013, Vonn endured a horrific crash at the World Championships in Austria. Diagnosed with ACL and MCL tears and a fractured lateral tibial plateau, she underwent reconstructive knee surgery and embarked on a lengthy recovery.

Back on the slopes at a training camp in August, all seemed well, as Vonn stated that her injured right knee felt as good as her left. She aggravated some of her injuries while training in November, before returning to compete the following month at Lake Louise, Alberta.

Two weeks later, Vonn removed herself from a World Cup downhill competition in Val d’lsere, France, after her MCL was sprained. The sprain, in addition to her torn ACL, forced her to announce that she would not compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Comeback and 2018 Winter Olympics

Vonn clawed her way back into elite form over the next couple of seasons, winning her seventh downhill title and her fifth Super G in 2015. Along the way, she claimed her 63rd World Cup win to surpass Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Pröll for most by a woman, leaving only Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark in front with his 86 victories.

Heading into the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Vonn seemed to be in fine form with three straight downhill wins. She delivered a solid run in her debut event, the Super G, but made a late mistake that led to a sixth-place finish.

A few days later, Vonn outraced all but two of her younger competitors in the downhill, making her the third American alpine skier to win three Olympic medals and the oldest woman to medal in an alpine event.

“I won the bronze medal but I feel like I’ve won the gold medal,” said Vonn, reflecting on her journey and perseverance through all the injuries. “I’m so thankful to be here and to be on an Olympic podium with the next generation of my sport.”


Vonn endured another crash in November 2018, leading to six weeks of rehabilitation. Still in pain, she attempted to compete in an event in Italy in January 2019, before announcing that she would be retiring after the World Championships in February.

Vonn went down hard once again in her first World Championship event, the Super G, but she recovered in time to claim a bronze in the downhill, the final race of her career. The showing made her the first female skier to medal at six separate World Championships, and she finished with an impressive record of 82 World Cup wins to her name.

The skis you’ll see in this year’s Olympic alpine races are like fine wines, assuming the wine could hold an edge racing down an icy slope at 70 miles per hour. Each athlete’s “ski stable” consists of 15-30 skis per racer, which every elite skier hauls from continent to continent throughout the World Cup circuit. Certain skis are used more often due to their consistent performance, some skis are retired after substantial use, and new skis are constantly being tested and brought into the mix on a selective basis.

The HEAD Rebels i.GS, the preferred weapon of choice for a number of Olympians this year, including Lindsey Vonn.

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The basic construction of the skis Olympians use is actually quite traditional and hasn’t changed much over the past 30 years. The point at which a race ski becomes World Cup-worthy, however, is in the technician’s shop. Much like a Formula One Driver has a professional pit crew, every Olympian has a dedicated, professional tech that custom-shapes every ski’s sidewalls, top sheets, and base structure. It’s this customization that turns a factory-built ski into an Olympic-worthy racing machine.

First, each new ski’s flex is calibrated and matched with a partner that has the same flex pattern. This process involves machines and detailed measurements—not just bending the ski like you’ve done at your local shop. The sidewalls are grinded and shaped so that the area directly above the edge becomes concave, preventing the ski’s ability to be over-edged at high speeds. The concave sidewalls are then sanded to be as smooth as a baby’s bottom, further diminishing their resistance through the turn.

After further shaping and modification on the bases and top sheets to get the flex pattern perfect, the skis are tested by the skier during training all year long. This testing is where the wine metaphor comes into play: The athlete will notice details related to the part of the tree that the wooden core was shaped from, the temperature the epoxy set at in the factory during construction, and other micro-differences that a regular consumer might not notice, but a sommelier will be able to decipher and describe in a particular way.

Only the sommeliers in this case are Olympic skiers and their dedicated ski techs, making sure the athlete is on the right skis to be the best in the world.

The ceramic, super-hard sides of the ski are ground down to become concave, which prevents over-edging. The sidewalls are then finely sanded to be smooth so they are nearly frictionless.

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Lindsey Vonn raced on men’s skis for downhill and super-G in recent years, but this season she plans to use men’s skis in slalom and giant slalom as well.

“It’s just a beefier ski,” Vonn said, comparing men’s skis to women’s. “It’s stiffer, it’s longer. I also use a heavy-duty plate, which none of the women are using.”

That may have been a factor in Vonn’s first career giant slalom victory two weeks ago in Soelden, Austria.

“I just like that stability,” Vonn said. “What I need in the technical events is to feel comfortable. If I can have a ski that allows me to feel comfortable, then I can make the type of turns that I want, which equals fast skiing. I don’t think I’ve ever been comfortable in GS, so I feel like I’ve finally stumbled across something that could be really good.”

Being one of the strongest women on the tour makes it possible for Vonn to handle men’s skis, but it’s a matter of technique too.

“There are small girls who can handle long skis, but there are tall girls who can’t,” Vonn said. “I think it’s a comfort level. If you feel like you can turn the ski well, and you can do what you want with the ski, then it’s going to work well for you. It’s a longer ski so it’s harder to control, but it’s also more stable. You can get a lot more speed and power out of every turn — if you can handle it, if you can control it.”

Vonn experimented with Ted Ligety’s skis during preseason training in New Zealand before deciding to make the switch. Ligety is the reigning World Cup giant slalom champion, and he also won in Soelden.

“It took a couple days to adjust to it, but it was quite a bit faster and it was holding so well on ice,” Vonn said. “I felt like I could ski on any snow condition and feel comfortable and still be making speed out of the turn, even if it was steep or bumpy. I haven’t had that in GS.”

How you feel about alpine skiing depends a lot on where you grew up. For Austrians, it’s basically the national sport, while most Australians could care less. In most parts of Europe, where I grew up and belonged to youth ski-racing teams, a ski holiday is much more accessible than in the US, both in terms of travel and cost.

But I’m here to convince you that regardless of whether you live in a climate where you can pop on your skis as soon as you leave the house, or whether water skis would be more appropriate, alpine skiing is the most thrilling sport to watch during the Winter Olympics. Where there’s speed, beautiful nature, and unpredictability, there has to be fun, right?

What is slalom or downhill or any of this?

During the PyeongChang winter games, we will see five disciplines—often called events—for men and women, and one team competition. The easiest way to understand the differences is by the distance between the gates—the alternating red and blue plastic poles that are drilled into the snow that the racers ski around.

First, there’s slalom, where the course is the shortest, as are the skis. The gates are so close that the skiers have to make incredibly quick, tight turns. The goal is to ski down in as direct of a line as possible, while making sure you go through every gate. The racers minimize the path their skis take by slapping the gates down with their shins and hands (making the coolest “thwap” sound ever), “blocking” them out of the way.

Slalom can be slightly confusing, because the gates are made out of single poles, and are set up in different formations that change up the rhythm of the course. But the rapid turns and the technical proficiency the skiers need to navigate the course make it very exciting to watch.

The next one up is the giant slalom, perhaps the most well known out of the four basic events. The gates are made out of two sets of poles that are joined by flags. You have to ski between two sets of one color, trying to make your path down the hill efficiently in medium-length, dynamic turns.

REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway during a giant slalom race.

For both the slalom and the giant slalom, the racers have two runs, and the times are added up. The start order in the first run is determined by a combination of a draw and your standing in World Cup rankings. For the second, the top 30 skiers start in reverse order (so the 30th person goes first) to even out their chances. The later on you start, the worse your course conditions will be, sometimes with gnarly ruts, holes and bumps. (Side note: the World Cup is alpine skiing’s race circuit. Skiers compete in races all season, collecting points which at the end determine the best racers of the year.)

The following two events are the super G and the downhill, where you get only one shot. The Super-G is a middle ground between the giant slalom and the downhill, where you’re also speeding to get to the bottom, but where the turns are tighter. The downhill, often called the most prestigious event in alpine skiing, has the fewest turns on the longest distance, and the highest vertical drop, which means you can go very, very fast.

The first two disciplines are so-called “technical” disciplines, while the latter two are “speed” disciplines. Skiers usually specialize in either the first or the second category, often choosing to compete in only the events that they excel in. The final discipline, the super combined, tests their versatility, because you have to use two vastly different skill-sets: your slalom dynamism, and your downhill endurance for one run in each event.

AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca Lara Gut of Switzerland in a tuck position during a super G.

The last discipline is a national mixed-team event, introduced during these Olympics for the first time. It’s a fun format: two giant slaloms are set up next to each other, and skiers of the same gender from two teams race to the bottom at the same time. Winners of each heat go on to the next round.

(I won’t get too much into the nitty-gritty of equipment, but it’s important to note that the skis are different for each discipline. Generally, the longer the ski, the bigger the turn radius, and the faster it can go while being relatively stable on the snow.)

Watch Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Marcel Hirscher

I am personally very excited about all the women’s events. Representing the US will be two women who have both been named as contenders to the title of best skier of all time. First, you have Lindsey Vonn, the 33-year-old from Vail, Colorado, who is likely going into her last Olympics. Her career has been as stellar as it has been tumultuous. An incredibly risky skier, Vonn has had her fair share of serious injuries, including multiple fractures and torn ligaments. But this is part of what makes her so incredible of an athlete. She continues to crush it after every recovery.

Vonn has 81 World Cup victories in her career, making her the “winningest” woman in history, and on track to beating the all-time record of the legendary Swede Ingemar Stenmark, who ended his career with 86 wins. She has only two Olympic medals, having been eliminated from the games by injuries twice—so she has a lot to fight for. Vonn’s longstanding goal has been to compete against men in the World Cup, and skiing authorities are slowly warming up to the idea.

But then we have Mikaela Shiffrin, Vonn’s Colorado neighbor, whose Olympic debut at 18 in Sochi four years ago gave her a gold medal in the slalom. Unstoppable in that event, and excellent in giant slalom, Shiffrin has been recently beating her rivals in the speed disciplines as well, taking two podiums in the downhill earlier this season. At 22, she already has 41 World Cup victories. Shiffrin is known to be relentless in her training, her concentration and motivation legendary.

Italian Sophia Goggia and Tina Weirather, of Liechtenstein, have recently been on Vonn’s tail, and the giant slalom has several title contenders, including Viktoria Rebensburg, of Germany, and France’s Tessa Worley. Before you watch an event, it’s helpful to look at the FIS World Cup standings to see who has had good results in each discipline this season. (Of course, the Olympic Games are a completely different kind of pressure, but the ranking could give you some idea of whom to watch for.)

Among the men, Marcel Hirscher is a total beast, taking the World Cup title in the overall competition for six seasons in a row. The giant-slalom rivalry should be fascinating to watch: Hirscher, the current dominant force in the discipline, will be beating off several adversaries, including the American Ted Ligety, so good at giant slalom that he was once nicknamed “Mr. GS”, but who has been recovering from injuries. The Norwegian team of the “Attacking Vikings” is very fun to follow, with the giant Axel Lund Svindal racing his friend, Kjetil Jansrud, in the downhill, along with a slew of other strong competitors, including several mighty Austrians.

What to watch for in alpine skiing

Part of the thrill of watching alpine skiing is just how close these athletes come to each other while they race. When my favorites are about to cross the finish line, I feel myself making that last push along with them. (Actually, I’m also known to be the weirdo who sways along with their turns on the course as well.)

In a run that lasts more than one minute, the difference can be just a hundredth of a second. In fact, it’s almost unusual—except for Mikaela Shiffrin— for a skier to beat her closest rivals by seconds. While you’re watching, you’ll see the time measured at several points during the course, allowing viewers to compare the skier on screen to the fastest current time. In the speed disciplines, you’ll also be able to see just how fast these guys and gals are going: speeds of upwards of 80 miles per hour (130 km) are the norm. That’s much faster than the speed limit for cars on many US highways. And they are not skiing on the same surface as you were during your last weekend trip to the mountains. The slopes are specially hardened for races, making the surface akin to ice rather than snow (also, they are much steeper than they appear on TV).

The skiers will have different strategies for the race. They have to think about what line of turn to take down the mountain, when to take the “tuck” position, curling up into a tight, aerodynamic ball, and when to let the skis just glide. One turn that’s taken too late, one miss-timed tuck can determine the race.

They will also have different skiing styles: while often you’ll see that those who seem more composed and steady in their rhythm do better, sometimes it’s those with the flailing arms and risky moves that come out on top.

Unlike sports like running or weightlifting, there is an ineffable quality to what makes a good skier: beyond endurance and muscles, skills and talent are crucial.

How dangerous is it?

The forces that are affecting a skier while they are speeding in the downhill or making dynamic turns in the giant slalom are enormous. Outside Magazine points out:

World Cup ski racers are fighting around five g-forces per turn, or about 900 pounds of pressure, for up to 90 turns. Olympic champ Bode Miller has been clocked at 12 Gs on certain turns on the course. Those are the kinds of forces fighter-jet pilots experience. In fact, a ski race is like running a 1,000-meter sprint at full speed—three-quarters of the way down the course, an athlete’s lungs and muscles burn.

And it it takes a millimeter of a wrong move to have your ski catch an edge or hit a bump, and for you to crash spectacularly and dangerously. Being hurt is part of any skier’s life, with serious injuries like torn ACLs regularly taking out champions for entire seasons. The sport can be deadly. Just this season, two pro racers died while training.

And the weather affects a lot, too

Aside for your talent, strategy, guts (and, to a certain extent, size), a number of external elements, including your start number, past injuries or equipment can affect your run. Another huge one is the weather. Already an unpredictable sport, weather adds to the mix that makes skiing so interesting. Falling snow or fog can impede your visibility, but a flat light coming from behind heavy clouds can make you feel like you don’t know the top of the hill from the bottom. Warmer temperatures cause ruts to form faster. There is a myriad of types of snow, far beyond just “wet” and “dry,” that will make your skiing different—slower, faster, requiring a different touch. And the conditions can change in mere seconds.

Long story short, the first race is on Sunday (Feb. 11), which is the nail-biting men’s downhill. Sit back, and enjoy the ride (or hold your breath for a full minute, like I do).