Lindsey Caroline Vonn, born October 18, 1984, is one of the top American alpine ski racers of all time, and is part of the United States Ski Team. She is the winner of 4 overall World Cup championships, being one of the only 2 female players in the sports to achieve it. She won the World Cup championship consecutively between 2008 and 2010 and then in 2012. Lindsey Vonn is the most successful female ski racer in the sport.
Lindsey was born as Lindsey Caroline Kildow to Linda Anee and Alan Lee Kildow in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the age of 10, Vonn met Picabo Street, the Olympic gold medalist. Lindsey considers Street as her role model. On the other hand, Street was also impressed by the young girl and served as her skiing mentor.
Lindsey Vonn was raised in Twin Cities, Burnsville and started skiing when she was just 2. At age 11, she and her family moved to Colorado where she trained at the Ski Club Vail. She first qualified for the Olympics in 2002 at the age of 17, where she achieved the 6th position in the combined event at Salt Lake City. From there, she went on to be one of the most celebrated American skiers.
The year 1999 saw Vonn becoming the first female from the U.S. to win at Trofeo Topolino in Italy. She gradually grew in her status in the national Ski Team to make a World Cup debut at just 16 in Park City, Utah. In 2003, she won the silver medal in the Junior World Championship in France.
In 2007, Lindsey married the former U.S. Ski Team athlete and 2002 Olympian Thomas Vonn. After 4 years, there was news of divorce proceedings, which was finalized in the beginning of 2013. Lindsey regularly stays at the home of her competitor and friend, Maria Riesch in Germany. Lindsey and Thomas used to spend their Christmas Eve at Riesch’s home. In addition to English, Lindsey is also fluent in German. She enjoys a wide range of other activities with her leading hobbies being tennis, cycling and reading.
It is reported that Vonn visit the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She consider herself as a Christian, even though there is an opinion that it is not a Christian Church. The church has Jesus as its head and it is engaged in global charity.
FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH
Lindsey Vonn is only 1 among 5 women who have achieved the feat of having won the World Cup in all 5 forms of alpine skiing including downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super G and super combined. At the end of 2012, Lindsey had 57 World Cup races in her name. There are only two other players in the game who have won more World Cups in their career and both have already retired. Having won gold and bronze in Olympics, 2 World Championship gold medals, 3 World Championship silver medals and 4 World Cup titles, she is the most successful U.S. skier in alpine skiing.
In addition, she was honored with the 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman and the 2010 USOC sportswoman award.
OVERALL WORLD CUP WINS
Lindsey Vonn is the only American woman to have won 4 overall World Cup titles and the downhill gold in the Olympics. Vonn’s first World Cup victor came in Lake Louise, Alberta when she was just 20. Since then, she has added a record World Cup wins to her name.
Before 2011, Lindsey Vonn saw 3 consecutive World Cup winning years. In 2011, the competition came from her best friend and German competitor Maria Riesch. While Vonn was ahead in the speed race, Riesch made her mark in the slaloms and remained ahead in the ranking. Vonn’s 2011 World Cup season was broken up at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany when she suffered from a concussion. Due to this, she was able to start up in only 2 events.
However, Vonn’s 2012 season was a bright year in her career. She went on to make a record World Cup wins of 12 victories. She won the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup for a 4th time and the downhill World Cup for a straight 5th time. She also won her 3rd straight Super Combined Globe and 4th Super G. The year 2012 also saw Lindsey reset the women’s World Cup points total, which was only 20 points behind the men’s all time record.
Lindsey simply dominated the 2012 World Cup season. She went on to produce almost 2-second downhill wins, made 2 giant slalom wins and confirmed the overall title with 5 more races to go. It was in the 2012 season that she confirmed her name among the all-time greats in the sport. In fact, there is no one currently active in the game that is ahead of hear. The only ones that are ahead are already retired, and it is expected that she wouldn’t take long to surpass them.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Lindsey’s 2013 season began with slight slowing down due to illness. Due to this reason, she couldn’t achieve significant results at giant slalom. In addition, she also had to skip a few slalom races. However, she returned back quick in the speed events, and won all the 3 races including 1 Super G and 2 Downhills. This was the third hat-trick in her career and she found her most career wins record in a single resort increase to 14. These 3 wins helped her take her overall career wins to 56 that put her ahead of Vreni Schneider, with only Annemarie Moser-Proll remaining as the leading name.
According to Lindsey, she is having lots of fun in the team. She says that she is more relaxed than ever and is enjoying everything around her. She is enjoying not just the podiums and winnings, but everything. For her, the sport means getting out there and doing what she loves to do every day.