Lindsey Vonn is flat out 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 the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles. She has also won six consecutive World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008-2013), four consecutive titles i Super G (2009-2012) and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010-2012). Her staggering career World Cup victories total is now 59, the most of any U.S. skier and third all-time. 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’s home and just outside the Twin Cities. After winning the North American junior championships and then a world junior championship in Italy, the first female American to do so, she and her mother moved to Colorado so Vonn could train at Ski Club Vail, an elite winter-sports academy.
At the 2002 Olympics, at the age of 17, she finished a surprising sixth in the combined event, the highest placing by an American woman skier that year. Over the next few years, Vonn became a rising star on the World Cup circuit. In the ‘09/’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 Vancouver in 2010, Vonn lived up to her billing as the golden girl of the Winter Olympics, as she took gold in Downhill and bronze in Super G. She ended the season earning her third overall World Cup title.
Along with her impressive ski resume, Vonn has become an icon of pop culture 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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