Lindsey Caroline Vonn (née Kildow; born October 18, 1984) is an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the United States Ski Team. She has won four World Cup championships—one of two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll—with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010,plus another in 2012.Vonn won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first ever in the event for an American woman.She has also won six consecutive World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008–2013), four consecutive titles in super-G (2009–2012), and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010–2012).
Vonn is one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing – downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined – and has won 64 World Cup races in her career through January 2015. The 64 World Cup victories are an all-time women's record, passing Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria who had held the record since the 1970s, and only Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden with 86 World Cup victories has more. With her Olympic gold and bronze medals, two World Championship gold medals in 2009 (plus three silver medals in 2007 and 2011), and four overall World Cup titles, Vonn has become the most successful American ski racer in history.
Vonn received the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year for 2010.She was also honored again as the USOC's sportswoman of the year for 2010.
Vonn was a correspondent for NBC News covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Lindsey achieves World Cup success:
Her progress continued in 2003 with a Silver medal at the Junior World Championships, as well as a Silver and a Bronze at the US Nationals. She continued to progress in 2003-04, winning two Gold medals at the US Championships, two medals at Junior Worlds, and making her first World Cup podium in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
The following season was even more exciting, with Lindsey capturing her maiden World Cup race victory and attending her first World Championships. She racked up 13 top-five finishes in World Cup and World Championship events, standing on the podium six times and ending the season ranked sixth overall in the world. By the start of 2005 Lindsey was right up where she belonged: with the best ski racers in the world. But she wanted more. Nothing less than the best would do. A fateful meeting would open the door - giving her career an unexpected push.
Lindsey becomes an Olympic champion:
Those plans delivered an even more successful season in 2009/10. Lindsey's 33rd World Cup win came in the Super G in Garmisch, helping Lindsey to surpass Bode Miller's record for most World Cup victories by a US skier. The win also wrapped up her third consecutive overall title, and she became the first American skier to win three discipline titles in a single season. To top it all, Lindsey became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in the Downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Games. She also netted bronze in the Super G.
This avalanche of victories continues. In 2011, Lindsey again took the Downhill, Combined and Super G titles, only narrowly missing out on a fourth overall World Cup title. After clawing back her friend Maria Reisch's massive lead it went down to the wire. But poor weather conditions at the season's finale in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, meant Maria nabbed the title. Lindsey claimed another silver in the Downhill at the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
As a measure of Lindsey's impact on international sport, she was named Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year 2010, as well as the 2010 and 2011 ESPY awards. But all these medals and gongs pale into insignificance next to one particular achievement - as one of the few truly recognisable faces in skiing Lindsey bagged a part in her favourite TV show, Law & Order.
Still in her mid-20s and with the skills to match her determination, Lindsey is sure to leave a few other new entries in the sporting world's record books.
A record-breaking season:
At the start of the 2011-12 season in Sölden, Lindsey finally realized one of her biggest goals: winning a Giant Slalom. Only four other female skiing legends (Janica Kostelic, Anja Paerson, Pernilla Wiberg and Petra Kronberger) have triumphed in all five disciplines.
That's not all. Despite private worries after her divorce from her husband, Lindsey also surpassed Renate Götschl's Super G record with 18 victories and took the Austrian's place in the rankings for most female World Cup wins. In the 2011-12 season, Lindsey won 12 races to take her third with 53 victories. She's now closing on Vreni Schneider (55 wins) and Annemarie Moser Pröll (62 wins).
In a fruitful season for Lindsey, she clinched her fourth overall victory (beating Tina Maze by an astonishing 578 points) as well as titles in Downhill, Super G and Super Combined. In total, Lindsey has now won 16 crystal globes.
Finally, at the World Cup finals in Schladming, Lindsey surpassed Janica Kostelic's benchmark by scoring 1,980 points in one season, setting yet another new women's record.
If 2011/12 is anything to go by, it looks like the first lady of alpine skiing will reign for a few years yet.
Single Worldcup Victories
2011/12-Downhill, Super G, Combined
2010/11-Downhill, Super G, Combined
2009/10-Downhill, Super G, Combined
2008/09-Downhill, Super G
mega sports events:
World Championship Victories:
Val d'Isere 2009
Vail/Beaver Creek 2015