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Lindsey Vonn is an American alpine skiier who has won numerous competitions, including four World Cup overall titles. She won a gold medal in the downhill event at the 2010 Olympics.
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Born in Massachusetts in 1984, skier Lindsey Vonn started racing at the age of 7, and won the Trofeo Topolino competition in Italy when she was 14 years old. In 2002, Vonn made her Olympic debut at the Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Just before the next Olympics, in 2006, She had a terrible crash on the slopes. During the 2007-08 season, Vonn won her first World Cup overall victory—a feat she repeated several times over the following years. In 2010,
"I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL, but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level."
"Setbacks motivate me."
"I always channeled what I felt emotionally into skiing—my insecurities, my anger, my disappointment. Skiing was always my outlet."
she won a gold medal in the downhill event and a bronze in the Super G. Three years later, Vonn suffered an injury that required reconstructive knee surgery. She announced that she wouldn't compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics due to her injury. Vonn remains one of the top competitive skiers in the world.
Born Lindsey Caroline Kildow on October 18, 1984, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Lindsey Vonn is one of the world's top female skiers. Growing up in Minnesota, with her four siblings, Vonn began her ascent to sports stardom as a toddler, when her father, former competitive skier Alan Kildow, first put her on skis. He would later serve as her first coach. Vonn started racing at the age of 7. Two years later, she moved on to international competitions.
Vonn trained locally with coach Erich Sailer before moving to Vail, Colorado, in the late 1990s. In 1999, the 14-year-old Vonn made history when she won the slalom at Trofeo Topolino in Italy, becoming the first American woman to attain this honor. Over the next few years, she excelled as a junior competitor, and was selected for the U.S. Ski team for 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The following year, she won a silver medal at the Junior World Championship.
In 2005, Vonn joined the Red Bull Athletes Special Projects and began working with a new coaching team. Around this time, Vonn wrote on her website: "I had a feeling this was going to be my big chance." Vonn had high hopes for the 2006 Olympic Games in Turino, Italy, but during a practice run, she had a terrible accident and ended up in the hospital. She still competed, however, coming in seventh in the Super G and eighth in the downhill events.
Vonn made an impressive comeback the following year, winning two silver medals at the 2007 World Championships in Sweden, in the downhill and the Super G. Vonn then began her winning streak at the World Cup in 2008, with a downhill championship victory—marking her domination of the sport. In 2009, she took the gold in the downhill and Super G competitions at the World Championships and won both the downhill and Super G events at the World Cup.
In 2010, Vonn got the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. She won two medals at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada; she earned the top honor—her first gold medal—in the downhill, and took home the bronze in the Super G. Over the next few years, Vonn continued to dominate the sport. She took top honors at the World Cup in the downhill, Super G and combined events over three consecutive seasons.
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