Athlete Lindsey Vonn at the World premiere of 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw' held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, USA on July 13, 2019
Athlete Lindsey Vonn at the World premiere of ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, USA on July 13, 2019

Lindsey Vonn Under Armour Collection

One of the greatest female skiers in US History, Lindsey Vonn was born in 1984 in  Minnesota, USA. Having been into racing at just 7 years of age, Vonn quickly put herself on the winning track, hitting the dizzy highs of success adjust 14 years of age, winning the Trofeo Topolino in Italy.

Thought her career has been plagued on and off with injuries, Lindsey Vonn managed to amass a large number of impressive titles, including Winter Olympic gold at the 2010 games. Although injury forced her to miss out on the following 2014 games, she returned to South Korea in 2018, winning bronze.

Success in Sport

Despite her huge success, Vonn retired from the sport in February 2019, the proud owner of 82 wins at World Cup level.

Vonn’s parents were not surprised that their daughter turned out to be such a hugely successful athlete, showing promise from a very young age. Alan Kildow, a former professional himself, is her father, and from a young age, she was on skis and learning how to race. From there, she moved onto Erich Sailer as her coach, when she upped to Vail, Colorado as her base, towards the end of the ‘90s. By winning her first Italian competition at the age of 14, she was the first American woman to see her name on the trophy.

Lindsey Vonn Ski World Cup
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – FEB 23, 2016: Lindsey Vonn (USA) in action at FIS SKI WORLD CUP

From there, her ascent to stardom was steep and predictable. Vonn quickly became part of  Team USA for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics, and one year later she attained a silver medal at the World Championships, junior level.

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Endorsements And Net Worth

Of course, success means money isn’t too far behind, and Vonn’s skiing ability and medals quickly caught the eye of Red Bull; she signed to the company in 2005, and also changed her entire coaching team, for a fresh perspective. In addition to the Red Bull endorsement, Vonn also has deals with Beats by Dr Dre, Rolex, Oakley, Hershey, Proctor & Gamble, GoPro and Under Armour, and there has been reports of her estimated net worth of $3 million to $6 million.

After many wins and a few injuries along the way, Vonn’s greatest achievement came in 2010, when she won the aforementioned gold in downhill at Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics. She also competed in the Super G and won bronze.

Of course, the Olympics wasn’t where Vonn won all her accolades, as the World Championships and World Cups also saw success.

Lindsey Vonn Smile
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – FEB 23, 2016: Smiling Lindsey Vonn at the press conference before the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup – Men’s and Woman’s city event February 23, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

Love Life

Despite Vonn’s professional success, she was also never far from the gossip pages as a result of her personal life. Vonn was married to Thomas Vonn between 2007 to 2011. However, she recently announced her engagement with P.K. Subban reported by Vogue magazine. Previously she was in a relationship with Alexander Ludwig, and more famously, Tiger Woods.

The biggest hiccup in Vonn’s long and illustrious career can in 2013 when she was involved in a high speed crash at the Austrian World Championships. She was forced to undergo serious knee surgery and didn’t appear back on the professional slopes seriously until the 2018 Winter Olympics, where won a bronze medal. Through all the ups and downs prior to the event, Vonn stated that the bronze felt more like a gold medal.

Lindsey Vonn’s long and hugely successful career came to an end in February 2019, after several more injuries in the previous months. She remains one of the most successful female skiers in US history, and retired with 82 World Cup successes on her win list. 

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