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Lindsey Vonn

Skiier

Born: 18 October 1984
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota
Best known as:

The most successful female ski racer in U.S. history

Name at birth: Lindsey Kildow

Lindsey Vonn is the winningest female ski racer in American history. Lindsey Vonn grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota and began skiing at age 2; when she was 11 she moved to Colorado with her family to train at Ski Club Vail. At age 17 she qualified for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, finishing a promising sixth in the combined event. She went on to become one of America's most celebrated skiiers, winning dozens of World Cup victories and back-to-back overall World Cup Championships in 2008 and 2009. She's had less luck in the Olympics: she was injured in practice just before the Turin Olympics of 2006 and didn't win a medal, and in 2010 she suffered a pre-Olympic shin injury. But that year she recovered to win a gold medal in the women's downhill and a bronze in the Super-G.

Extra credit:

She married Thomas Vonn, a former ski racer, in 2007; they were divorced in January of 2013... Lindsey Vonn's fame has been helped along by her good looks; she posed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2010.

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