Ski champions have frequently come from the smallest and most obscure dots on the map, and that would certainly describe Buck Hill, Minn., the ski area not far from Lindsey Vonn’s hometwon and just outside the Twin Cities. Today, Vonn is the most successful American female skier in history. She is one of the few “four event” alpine ski racers. She is also the only American woman to have captured downhill gold at the Olympics and one of only two women with four World Cup overall titles. Her staggering career World Cup victories total stands at 67, an all-time women's record.
Since finishing sixth in the combined event at the 2002 Winter Olympics at the age of 17, Vonn became a rising star on the World Cup circuit. In the 2009/10 season, she became the first American skier to win three discipline titles in a single season, taking the Downhill, Super G and Super Combined crowns (she repeated all three titles the following season). In 2010, Vonn lived up to her billing as the Golden Girl of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, as she took gold in Downhill and bronze in Super G. She ended the season earning her third overall World Cup title. And in 2015, Vonn eclipsed the women's World Cup victory total, and now is taking aim at the all-time victory total.
Along with her impressive ski resume, Vonn is pop culture icon in recent years, earning her ESPY awards, TV appearances, magazine covers and more, which has made her a household name not only in the US, but around the world.
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