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Lindsey Vonn
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Disciplines Downhill, Super-G,
Giant slalom, Slalom,
Date of birth October 18, 1984 (1984-10-18) (age 25)
Place of birth Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
World Cup debut November 18, 2000
Teams 3
Medals 2 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 3
Medals 4 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 10
Wins 33
Podiums 64
Overall titles 3
Discipline titles 6
Medal record
Women's alpine skiing
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver Downhill
Bronze 2010 Vancouver Super-G
World Championships
Gold 2009 Val d'Isère Downhill
Gold 2009 Val d'Isère Super-G
Silver 2007 Åre Downhill
Silver 2007 Åre Super-G

Lindsey Vonn (née Kildow, born October 18, 1984) is an American alpine ski racer. She won the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in downhill, the first American woman to do so.[1] She also won three consecutive overall World Cup championships (2008, 2009, 2010),[2] the first American woman and second woman ever to accomplish this. Lindsey also won World Cup discipline championships in downhill (back-to-back) and Super G (the first American woman to do so).

With her Olympic gold medal, 33 World Cup wins in four disciplines (downhill, Super G, slalom and super combined) and two World Championship gold medals (plus two World Championship silver medals), Vonn has become the most successful American woman skier in history.


Personal life

Vonn was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, as Lindsey Caroline Kildow and raised in the Twin Cities metro area, in Burnsville. She was on skis at age 2 before moving into Erich Sailer's renowned development program at Buck Hill, which also produced slalom racer Kristina Koznick. Her father, Alan Kildow, who had been a national junior skiing champion before a knee injury at 18, "pushed" her very hard, according to Sailer.[3]

When she was ten years old, she met Olympic gold medal skier Picabo Street, whom she considers her heroine and role model. Their meeting made such an impression on Street that she remembered the meeting and later would serve as Vonn's mentor in skiing. Vonn commuted to Colorado to train for a couple of years before her family moved to Vail in the late 1990s. [4][5]

Vonn has attended the University of Missouri.[6] Vonn's nicknames are "Kildon," "Don Don" and "The Don." Her hobbies include cycling, tennis, reading, and watching NBC-TV's Law and Order. [7] She enjoys listening to hip hop music, especially rapper Kanye West.[8]

She married fellow 2002 Olympian and former U.S. Ski Team athlete Thomas Vonn on September 29, 2007, at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah. [9]

During the European racing season, the U.S. team stayed in Kirchberg.[10] The most unusual of Vonn's trophies also lives in Kirchberg: Olympe the cow. Vonn kept the oversized pet instead of the check for her 2005 win in Val D'Isère [11].

She also frequently stays at the home of her friend and major competitor, alpine skier Maria Riesch in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Traditionally, Lindsey and Thomas Vonn spend Christmas Eve at the Riesch family home. Vonn is fluent in German.

Skiing career

Early years

In 1999, Vonn became the first American female to win at Italy's Trofeo Topolino (for skiers of ages 11–14) where she was victorious in slalom. After climbing through the ranks of the U.S. Ski Team, she made her World Cup debut at age 16 on November 18, 2000 in Park City.


In her Olympic debut at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Vonn raced in both slalom and combined in Salt Lake City, with her best result coming with sixth in combined. On March 4, 2003 she earned a silver medal in downhill in the Junior World Championship at Puy Saint-Vincent, France.

Vonn credits a change in her attitude towards training after she went on a bike ride with fellow skier Julia Mancuso and Mancuso's father Ciro while visiting them at their Lake Tahoe home. With little biking experience, she quickly found herself miles behind Julia and Ciro. Alone and embarrassed, she decided she needed to drastically revise her training regimen and her attitude towards training if she was going to be successful. [12]

On March 24, 2004, Vonn was the downhill silver medalist at the U.S. Alpine Championships held in Jackson, Wyoming. In December of the same year Vonn climbed onto the World Cup podium for the first time in her career after claiming the downhill victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. She would go on to capture five more World Cup podiums over the next two months. For her December 17, 2005 downhill victory in Val d'Isere she chose to accept a cow from French cheese farmers[13] as a prize.

Lindsey Vonn during a slalom race in Aspen in November 2006.

In 2005, she competed in four races at her first World Championships held in Bormio, Italy, pulling in fourth place finishes in both the downhill and the combined. She was also ninth in Super-G, but failed to finish the giant slalom. She blamed the unexpected appearance of her father, with whom she has a strained relationship, for rattling her before the event.[3]


In her second Winter Olympics in 2006, while training for the downhill race on February 13, 2006 in San Sicario, Italy, Vonn crashed and was evacuated by helicopter to Torino, where she was hospitalized overnight. Despite a bruised hip, she returned the following day to compete and finished eighth. The gritty performance earned her the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award, as voted by American fans, fellow Team USA athletes, former U.S. Olympians, and members of the media for best representing the Olympic Spirit.

Vonn earned her first "big race" medals with silver in both downhill and Super-G at the 2007 World Championships in Åre, Sweden. A training crash before the slalom caused her a low-level ACL sprain to her right knee, ending her season four weeks early. Nevertheless, she finished third for the season in the women's 2007 World Cup disciplines of downhill and Super G.


Lindsey Vonn in 2008.

In 2008, Lindsey Vonn won the overall World Cup title. She became only the second American woman to do so, following Tamara McKinney in 1983. American Bode Miller won the men's title to complete the first U.S. sweep of the men's and women's overall titles in 25 years (McKinney and Phil Mahre in 1983). She also won the World Cup season title in the downhill and the U.S. Alpine Championships combined (downhill & slalom) title, marking her best ski season to date. Vonn also established a new all-time record for most downhill victories by an American with ten, winning at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on March 8.

In 2009, Vonn repeated as overall World Cup champion, as well as repeating as champion in the downhill and also winning the season championship in Super G by winning the final race of the season. During the season, she broke Tamara McKinney's American record of 18 World Cup victories when she won the Super G at Tarvisio in February. Her nine World Cup wins also set an American single-season record, surpassing Phil Mahre's total of eight in 1982. At the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere, France, Vonn won her first world championship and became the first American woman to win the world Super-G title.[14] In the super combined event, she won the downhill portion and had appeared to have finished second in the event with a strong slalom performance, but was disqualified for splitting a gate.[15] Three days later she won the gold in the Downhill. During early 2009, she appeared in Alka-Seltzer television commercials in the United States as support for the United States Ski Team. During the summer of 2009, Vonn switched her equipment sponsor and supplier to Head skis, after previously racing her entire career on Rossignol skis.[16]

In December 2009, Vonn sustained a bruised arm after a large crash during the opening run of the World Cup giant slalom. She continued racing as there was no fracture that would prevent her return and run at the Olympic Games in Vancouver. [17] Despite skiing with her arm in a brace due to the injury, Vonn won three straight races (two downhills and a Super G) in Haus im Ennstal, Austria from January 8–10, 2010. The wins raised her to second among American skiers on the all-time career list for World Cup wins with 28, passing Phil Mahre and trailing only Bode Miller. On January 14, 2010, Lindsey Vonn was named Colorado Athlete of the Year for 2009.[18] With her victory in a Super G just prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics, she clinched her second straight Super G discipline title with two races still to go.[19] Vonn ended up also winning the overall title, as well as the discipline titles in downhill, Super G and combined, and by winning the last Super G of the season, she boosted her overall World Cup victory total to 33, surpassing Bode Miller for the most World Cup victories by an American.[20] The third consecutive overall World Cup title also equals Phil Mahre's American record and makes Vonn the second woman to achieve it, behind Petra Kronberger.[20]

2010 Winter Olympics

The medal ceremony for the Women's downhill February 18, 2010 in Whistler at the 2010 Winter Olympics. From left: Julia Mancuso (silver), Lindsey Vonn (gold) and Elisabeth Görgl (bronze)

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vonn planned to compete in five events.[21] On February 10, she revealed that she had a bruised shin. Vonn said the pain from her injury was "excruciating" and she would have a difficult time competing at the Winter Olympics.[22] Due to unseasonably warm weather and resultant poor snow conditions, many of the Alpine skiing events were moved back, giving Vonn additional time to heal.[23] On February 17, in her first event, Vonn won the gold medal in the downhill, besting longtime US rival Julia Mancuso by 0.56 seconds, becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill.[24]

From left to right: Tina Maze of Slovenia (silver), Andrea Fischbacher of Austria (gold) and Lindsey Vonn of the United States (bronze) with the medals they earned in the super-G.

In her second event, the super-combined, Vonn finished first in the downhill portion of the race. However, in the slalom portion, she crashed out because she failed to get her ski around a right-hand gate. Vonn said her shin wasn't the problem. Vonn's friend, Maria Riesch, won the gold, and teammate Julia Mancuso earned the silver medal.[25]

In her third event, the super-G, Vonn finished third behind Andrea Fischbacher and Tina Maze. Vonn was 0.74 second back from first place.[26] On the last part of the race, Vonn said she didn't ski as aggressively as she could have and lost the race because of it.[27] After the race, questions were raised about the setup of the course. Vonn's husband, Thomas, said the course was deliberately set up against Vonn. Austrian coach Juergen Kriechbaum denied any wrongdoing.[28]

In her fourth event, the giant slalom, visibility was reduced by thick, low fog. Vonn crashed in her first run, resulting in a broken fourth finger and Vonn's disqualification from the event.[29][30] In her fifth event, the slalom, Vonn lost control and straddled a gate, disqualifying her from the event.

World Cup victories

Season titles

Season Discipline
2008 Overall
2009 Overall
Super G
2010 Overall
Super G

Race victories

33 race victories and 64[31] podiums[32] (18 downhill, 10 super G, 2 slalom, 3 combined)

Season Date Location Race
1 victory
6 podiums
(1 DH)
December 3, 2004 Canada Lake Louise, AB, Canada Downhill
3 victories
6 podiums
(2 DH, 1 SG)
December 3, 2005 Canada Lake Louise, AB, Canada Downhill
December 17, 2005 France Val d'Isere, France Downhill
March 3, 2006 Norway Hafjell, Norway Super G
3 victories
8 podiums
(2 DH, 1 SG)
December 2, 2006 Canada Lake Louise, AB, Canada Downhill
December 20, 2006 France Val d'Isere, France Downhill
January 28, 2007 Italy San Sicario, Italy Super G
6 victories
10 podiums
(5 DH, 1 SC)
December 1, 2007 Canada Lake Louise, AB, Canada Downhill
December 21, 2007 Austria St. Anton, Austria Downhill
December 22, 2007 Austria St. Anton, Austria Super Combined
January 19, 2008 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill
February 9, 2008 Italy Sestriere, Italy Downhill
March 8, 2008 Switzerland Crans-Montana, Switzerland Downhill
9 victories
16 podiums
(2 DH, 4 SG,
2 SL, 1 SC)
November 15, 2008 Finland Levi, Finland Slalom
December 5, 2008 Canada Lake Louise, AB, Canada Downhill
January 17, 2009 Austria Altenmarkt, Austria Super Combined
January 30, 2009 Germany Garmisch, Germany Slalom
February 1, 2009 Germany Garmisch, Germany Super G
France 2009 World Championships
February 22, 2009 Italy Tarvisio, Italy Super G
March 1, 2009 Bulgaria Bansko, Bulgaria Super G
March 11, 2009 Sweden Åre, Sweden Downhill
March 12, 2009 Sweden Åre, Sweden Super G
11 victories
17 podiums
(6 DH, 4 SG, 1 SC)
December 4, 2009 Canada Lake Louise, AB, Canada Downhill
December 5, 2009 Canada Lake Louise, AB, Canada Downhill
December 18, 2009 France Val d'Isere, France Super Combined
January 8, 2010 Austria Haus im Ennstal, Austria Downhill
January 9, 2010 Austria Haus im Ennstal, Austria Downhill
January 10, 2010 Austria Haus im Ennstal, Austria Super G
January 22, 2010 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Super G
January 23, 2010 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill
January 31, 2010 Switzerland St. Moritz, Switzerland Super G
Canada 2010 Winter Olympics
March 6, 2010 Switzerland Crans-Montana, Switzerland Downhill
March 12, 2010 Germany Garmisch, Germany Super G

See also


  1. ^ "Vonn, Mancuso go 1–2 in downhill". The Associated Press. 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ Lindsey Vonn wins 3rd straight overall World Cup
  3. ^ a b Barry Svrluga \date=2005-12-09. "From Turtle to Snow Hare". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  4. ^ NBC Olympics profile of Lindsey Vonn,
  5. ^ Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Lindsey Vonn profile,
  6. ^
  7. ^ Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Lindsey Vonn profile,
  8. ^
  9. ^ Olympic Skier Lindsey Kildow Recalls Wedding Jitters
  10. ^ Vonn, Mancuso und Co: Zweite Heimat in Zell am See-Kaprun
  11. ^ Lindsay Vonn Snow Queen, The Independent
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^ Donaldson, Amy (February 4, 2009). "Vonn wins super-G for her first title as world champ". Deseret News.,5143,705282761,00.html. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  15. ^ Dampf, Andrew (February 6, 2009). "Vonn DQ'd from super-combi won by Zettel". AP. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  16. ^ Campbell, Dean (September 7, 2009). "Lindsey Vonn switches to ski supplier Head". CTV. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  17. ^ Willemsen, Eric (December 28, 2009). "Lindsey Vonn falls, bruises bone in left arm". AP. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  18. ^ Boniface, Dan (January 14, 2010). "Vonn is Colorado's Athlete of the Year". Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  19. ^ BBC (2010-01-31). "American Lindsey Vonn claims world super-G title". Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  20. ^ a b Associated Press (2010-03-12). "Lindsey Vonn Wins 3rd Straight World Cup Title". Fox News. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  21. ^ Almond, Elliott (February 3, 2010). "A gold medal could make Lindsey Vonn the darling of the Vancouver Games". Mercury News. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  22. ^ "US star Vonn reveals shin injury". Bangkok Post. February 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  23. ^ Michael C. Lewis (2010-02-13). "Bad weather giving Vonn extra time to heal". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  24. ^ Associated Press (2010-02-17). "USA's Lindsey Vonn Takes Gold in Downhill". CBS Sports. 
  25. ^ GRAHAM DUNBAR (2010-02-18). "Vonn crashes, as Riesch takes super-combined title". The Associated Press. 
  26. ^ "Fischbacher and Maze upset Vonn in super-G". 2010-02-20.;_ylt=AhwETBv6aXv1tTfT9gXxYoc5nYcB?slug=ap-ski-womenssuper-g&prov=ap&type=lgns. 
  27. ^ ANDREW DAMPF (2010-02-20). "Fischbacher and Maze upset Vonn in super-G". The Associated Press. 
  28. ^ JIM LITKE (2010-02-20). "Did Austrian course-setter ‘Lindsey-proof’ race?". The Associated Press. 
  29. ^ ANDREW DAMPF (2010-02-24). "Vonn crashes in 1st run of giant slalom". The Associated Press. 
  30. ^ LYNN ZINSER and BILL PENNINGTON (2010-02-24). "Vonn Crashes Out of Giant Slalom". The New York Times. 
  31. ^ Note: Made one podium in 2003-2004 season.
  32. ^

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[[File:|thumb|Lindsey Vonn]]

Lindsey Vonn (born on 18 October 1984 in Minnesota, USA) is an American athlete who competes in alpine skiing. She has won three Overall World Cup titles in the Audi Alpine Ski World Cup, three Downhill (an event that is won not by technicality, but speed, aptly named a 'speed event'), two Super-G (Short for Super Giant Slalom- also a speed event, but with more turns), and one Combined title ( one Downhill or Super-G run, and one Slalom run). All of these titles were won in the 2008, 2009, 2010 World Cup Seasons.

Lindsey is also an Olympic gold medalist in Downhill and a bronze medalist in the Super-G, as of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Lindsey has also won two World Championship gold medals, both in 2009, and two silver medals, in 2007. Along with 33 World Cup victories, and eight World Cup Globes, Lindsey is considered The best female US Ski Racer in history, and the best alpine racer in the history of the US Ski Team.

Lindsey Vonn has won various awards for her performance as a skier, including two ESPYs in 2010 for "Best Female Athlete" and "Best US Female Olympic Athlete". The "Best Female Athlete" ESPY is the highest individual award for a female athlete.

Her endorsements include that of Red Bull, Head Equipment, Uvex Goggles, Under Armour, Alka-Seltzer, Procter & Gamble, and Rolex. Lindsey is a Member of the US Ski Team and has been on the World Cup Circuit since December 21, 2000. She has been married to former skier and fellow 2002 Olympian Thomas Vonn since September 29, 2007.

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