Lindsey Vonn is an American alpine skier who holds a 2010 Olympic gold medal, four World Cup overall titles, and the record for most World Cup wins by a woman.
Vonn was born in Minnesota, began racing at age 7, and by 14, had already won Italy’s Trofeo Topolo, the first American woman to attain that honor. A few years later, Vonn was named to to Team USA for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and won a silver medal at the Junior World Championship the following year.
Vonn signed with Red Bull in 2005 and began training with a new coaching team for the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. She suffered an accident during a practice run, nevertheless competing in the games and coming in seventh in the Super G event. Vonn’s comeback the next year was nothing short of a miracle, securing silver medals in the downhill and Super G at the 2007 World Championships in Sweden.
In 2010, Vonn’s momentum continued with a gold medal win in the downhill at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Outside of the Olympics, she won three consecutive titles, and a fourth overall championship in 2012. After tearing her ACL and MCL at the 2013 World Championships in Austria, Vonn was forced to withdraw from the 2014 Winter Olympics but made a miraculous recovery over the next year and claimed her seventh downhill title and fifth Super G in 2015. Vonn’s performance at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang started out rocky, but resulted in a bronze medal, making her the third American alpine skier to win three Olympic medals and the oldest woman to medal in an alpine event. Vonn suffered yet another injury in November 2018 but claimed a bronze in the downhill at the final race of her career.
Vonn is the first female skier to win medals at six separate World Championships, and throughout her career accumulated a total of 82 World Cup wins. She is booked regularly for speaking engagements and corporate events, where she inspires audiences with her stories of strength and resilience.