Lindsey Vonn is a well-celebrated American elevated ski racer on the US ski team. She is one of the six women to have got ‘World Cup’ competitions in all five disciplines of alpine skiing, namely, downhill, super-G, slalom, giant slalom, and super combined. She became one of the top female skiers, with 82 ‘World Cup’ victories to her credit, excelling Annemarie Moser-Prӧll of Austria, who took the record since the 1970s. However, she wants five more ‘World Cup’ advantages to beat the record set by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who has 86 ‘World Cup’ titles. She is the first American woman to have got a gold medal in the downhill, at the 2010 ‘Winter Olympics.’
She also won eight ‘World Cup’ season titles in the downhill discipline, five super-G titles, and three consecutive titles in the super-connected (2010 to 2012). Excelling Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who has 19 ‘World Cup’ ‘Globe’ wins (1975–1984), she won the 20th ‘World Cup’ ‘Crystal Globe’ title in 2016. She has the second-highest super ranking among all skiers, including men and women skiers in America. She is one of the most famous skiers America has produced.
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Lindsey Vonn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, she is the daughter of Linda Anne and Alan Lee Kildow. She raised up in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in Burnsville, Minnesota. She is of Norwegian ancestry.
Vonn was on skis at age two before transferring into Erich Sailer’s famous development program at Burnsville’s Buck Hill, which also gave slalom racer Kristina Koznick. Her father, who had won a national junior title before a knee injury at 18, “pushed” her very hard.
When Vonn was 9 years old, she faced Olympic gold medalist ski racer Picabo Street, whom she thinks her hero and role model. Their meeting made such an impact on Street that she spotted the meeting and later worked as Vonn’s mentor in skiing. Vonn traveled to Colorado to train for several years before her family relocated to Vail, Colorado in the late 1990s.
Vonn entered the University of Missouri High School, an online program through the university’s Center for Distance and Independent Study. She talks in German fluently.
Lindsey Kildow wedded 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. In November 2011, the couple stated they would divorce after four years of marriage. The divorce was concluded on January 9, 2013.
Kildow, now still going by Vonn, joined golfer Tiger Woods at a charity event in 2012. They began dating in March 2013 before splitting in May 2015. In late 2016, she started dating NFL assistant coach Kenan Smith before splitting in November 2017.
In June 2018, she started dating P.K. Subban, a defenseman in the NHL. Subban traveled to Åre, Sweden to watch her win a bronze medal in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Downhill on February 10, 2019. On August 23, 2019, Vonn and Subban declared their engagement. In December 2019 Vonn stated she proposed to Subban. In May 2020, Vonn and Subban purchased a villa in Beverly Hills for $6.75 Million.
Vonn appeared in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition which starred Olympians from the 2010 Winter Games. She came in 59th on Maxim’s Hot 100 list that year. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition again in 2016 wearing the only bodypaint and posed for the magazine once more in 2019.
In 2005, as the champion of the downhill at Val d’Isère Vonn was offered a pregnant Tarine cow, a locally famous dairy breed. After the prize ceremony, it was assumed that she would sell it back to the organizers for $5,000. Vonn knew a farmer in Austria who would be ready to take care of the cow and decided to keep it, to the difficulty of organizers. She later received a goat the same way, which she gave away. As of 2014, she owned a small herd of cows on the farm.
Lindsey Vonn Net Worth
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In 2014 Lindsey stripped out $3.85 million for a home in Vail. She posted this home for sale in 2019 for $6 million, lowering the price to $5 million in 2020.
In 2016, Lindsey spent $3.55 million for a home in West Hollywood, California. She sold the home in 2018 for $3.65 million. In 2017 she paid $2.6 million for a home in Sherman Oaks, California. She listed this property in March 2020 for $3 million.
Lindsey Vonn Skiing Career
- By the time Lindsey was 7, she had already skied in Colorado, Minnesota, and Oregon all-year-round.
- She traveled to Colorado by train for several years to receive skiing lessons at the ‘Ski Club Vail’ (SCV), an alpine racing program that trains young and aspiring skiers of age 6 and above.
- In 1995, at the age of 10, she met ‘Olympic’ gold medalist ski racer Picabo Street at a promotional event.
- In 1997, when Lindsey was in sixth grade, her family decided to move to Vail, Colorado, permanently. Her siblings, too, relocated soon.
- During her first year at ‘SCV,’ she skied under the ‘Gravity Corps’ pre-age-class program. She was trained by female coach Colby S Scudder. The program, directed by Tom Krebs, had strict guidelines, according to which skiers were not to be trained inside the gates but were to develop their skills in challenging terrain and difficult conditions.
- Consisting of multiple groups, this program was for skiers who were not old enough to participate in official age-class events sanctioned by ‘USSA’ or ‘FIS.’ Considering Lindsey’s skiing speed, her coach, Scudder, supported the idea of her skiing with age-class skiers. Support from the program director, Chip Woods, made her enrollment for the age-class skiing program possible. She received lessons from technical skiing coaches such as Todd A Rash, Reid Phillips, and Gus Peretz. They helped her perfect her technical skills and she began the “in gate” training.
- In 1999, Will McDonald and Lindsey were the first American athletes to win the “Cadets” slalom events in Italy’s Trofeo Topolino di Sci Alpino. Street loved watching the 15-year-old Lindsey perform. She admired her love for speed and her amazing knack for following the fall line, which is a rare find.
- Climbing through various ranks of the US ski team in her career, she made her ‘World Cup’ debut at the age of 16, on November 18, 2000, in Park City, Utah.
- At 17, she debuted at the 2002 ‘Winter Olympics’ in Salt Lake City and raced in both slalom and combined, securing the sixth spot.
- In 2003, she earned a silver medal in downhill at the ‘Junior World Championship’ in Puy-Saint-Vincent, France.
- In January 2004, she secured the third place in downhill at the ‘World Cup’ in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The same year, she won a silver medal in downhill at the ‘US Alpine Championships’ at the ‘Mount Alyeska Resort,’ Girdwood, Alaska.
- In 2005, she reached the fourth place in both the downhill and the mixed events at the first ‘World Championships,’ held in Bormio, Italy. She also secured the ninth position in super-G. However, she failed to finish the giant slalom.
- Lindsey got the overall ‘World Cup’ title and became the second American woman to be honored with the most ‘World Cup’ downhill victories, following Tamara McKinney in 1983. She also won the ‘US Alpine Championships’ combined title (downhill and slalom) in 2008.
- At the 2009 ‘World Championships’ held in Val-d’Isere, France, Lindsey became the first woman to win the world super-G title. In the super combined event, she won the downhill round and almost finished second with a remarkable slalom performance. However, she was later disqualified for splitting a gate.
- She was previously determined that she would not retire until she had broken Stenmark’s record of ‘World Cup’ victories. However, in October 2018, ahead of the 2018–209 ‘FIS Alpine Ski World Cup,’ she announced that she would retire at the end of the season, irrespective of whether she was able to break Stenmark’s record or not.
Accidents And Injuries
- She attributes her change in attitude toward training to a bike ride she experienced with fellow ski racer Julia Mancuso and her father, when she visited them in Lake Tahoe, California.
- At the 2006 ‘Winter Olympics,’ Lindsey clocked the second-best time in the first practice run but crashed in the second training run for downhill on February 13, 2006, in San Sicario, Italy. She was transported by helicopter to Turin and was hospitalized. She underwent treatment for a bruised hip. However, she returned to the slope 2 days later, to finish eighth in the competition.
- A training clash before the slalom race at the ‘World Championship’ in 2007 caused a low-level ACL sprain to her right knee, thus ending her season 4 weeks early. Nevertheless, she secured the third spot in the 2007 ‘Women’s World Cup’ super-G and downhill races.
- Her career was once troubled with illness, resulting in her skipping a pair of slalom races toward the end of 2012. However, in a few days, she picked herself up to secure a hat-trick win of two downhill and a super-G race in Lake Louise. The event was held from November 30 to December 2, 2013. These wins increased her career total to 56 and helped her surpass Vreni Schneider to get a second-place among women.
- In 2018, Lindsey stated that she would not attend the ‘White House’ reception in case she won the ‘Olympic’ gold medal. She also refused to represent the US president at the 2018 ‘Winter Olympics. She made it clear that ‘Olympians’ represent the people of the country and not the president. At the 2018 ‘Winter Olympics,’ she tied at the sixth place in the women’s super-G and won bronze in downhill.
Facts About Lindsey Vonn
- She started skiing at the age of two.
- In 2010, the Maxim magazine placed Lindsey on the 59th position in the list of “100 Hottest Women across the World.”
- In 2010, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition highlighted her in the special Olympians photoshoot that included the 2010 Winter Games playing, athletes.
- After Annemarie Moser-Pröll, she is the second female skier to have got four World Cup championships.
- When she got the gold medal in the downhill event at the 2010 Winter Games, she became the first American skier to do so.
- She is the first female skier in history to have gained record-setting eight World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline.
- She won five back-to-back titles between 2008 and 2013.
- In 2016, she became the first skier (male or female) to gain twenty World Cup crystal globe titles.
- Lindsey Vonn was named a sportswoman of the year by the United States Olympic Committee in 2010.
- In 2010, the Associated Press called Lindsey Vonn the athlete of the year.
- Vonn has a small herd of cows in Austria, which includes cows and calves won in different skiing competitions.
- In 2016, she wrote her book Strong Is the New Beautiful, which described training routines and other fitness tips for women of all sizes and shapes.
In November 2011, the couple announced they would divorce after four years of marriage. The divorce was finalized on January 9, 2013. Kildow, now still going by Vonn, met golfer Tiger Woods at a charity event in 2012. They started dating in March 2013 before splitting in May 2015.
Lindsey Vonn, the most successful female ski racer of all time, has said she will retire at the end of the 2018-19 World Cup ski season. The 33-year-old three-time Olympic medalist will call it a day even if she fails to break Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup wins.
Retirement hasn’t slowed down Lindsey Vonn. The all-time winningest female skier in World Cup history has found new adventures like cliff diving with boyfriend and NHL defenseman P.K. Subban, finishing her memoir set to be published next year and serving as an executive producer of a film with Robert Redford.
Lindsey Kildow had married Thomas Vonn in 2007. He was a professional skier too and had competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Chicago Tribune covered the split and noted that Vonn had decided to keep her married name.