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Behind the Games: Lindsey Vonn

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When it comes to celebrity athletes, Lindsey Vonn is an A-lister.

The 33-year-old is the most successful ski racer in American history. Lindsey is one of only six women to win World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing. She is a four-time World Cup overall champion. She also has both gold and bronze Winter Games medals.

Off the mountain she’s just as successful, with endorsements with several major brands including her own Under Armour line. She’s fluent in German, wrote her own book, appeared in Sports Illustrated and made a guest appearance in an episode of Law and Order.

It all started in Minnesota. Her father introduced her to alpine skiing when she was two. Eventually he moved Lindsey and the rest of their family to Colorado so she could receive the best training possible.

Her hard work paid off. By 17, she was competing for the United States in the Games.

However, most people remember her second Winter Games in 2006, when she crashed so badly a helicopter rescued her from the mountain. The injury didn’t stop her. She came back.

In 2010, she took home gold and bronze in Vancouver.

She was unable to defend those medals in Sochi in 2014, when she sat out the Games all together due to her injuries.

Four years later, Lindsey is back and ready to reclaim her past Winter Games glory.

Her strategy to win that gold, however, isn’t just all physical. It’s also mental. During practice runs in PyeongChang, Lindsey said she was purposely slowing herself down because she didn’t want the fastest practice time among her competition.

While a lot of work, the 2018 Games have been a lot of fun for Lindsey, too!

On Valentine’s Day, she tweeted:


She received thousands of replies including donations to her charity, poems and pictures, proving gold medal or not, Lindsey Vonn is still America’s sweetheart.

-Ashley Sturm
ashley@wkrq.com

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