Lindsey Vonn

Date Of Birth:
18 October 1984
Place Of Birth:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Best Known As:
The most successful female ski racer in U.S. history

Name at birth: Lindsey Kildow

Lindsey Vonn is one of the most successful American ski racers of 21st century. 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 skiers. A specialist in speed events, she won over 75 World Cup victories from 2008 to 2018, mostly in downhill and Super-G races. She was so dominant that she won back-to-back-to-back overall World Cup Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010, finished second in 2011, then won again in 2012. She was the World Cup's #1-ranked downhill racer every year from 2008-2016 -- except in 2014, when she tore the ACL in her right knee. Lindsay Vonn has 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. After missing the Sochi Olympics entirely in 2014 due to injury, she bounced back to win a bronze medal in the downhill at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
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Lindsey Vonn married Thomas Vonn, a former ski racer, in 2007; they were divorced in January of 2013… Lindsey Vonn dated golf superstar Tiger Woods from 2012 until 2015, when they announced their split on social media… Lindsey Vonn’s fame has been helped along by her good looks; she posed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2010 and again in 2016.

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