Lindsey Vonn is the all-time most successful female alpine skier and has recently announced her retirement from ski racing after the World Championship Downhill in Are, Sweden.

The US skier has raised the profile of alpine skiing and women’s sport to an incredible level during her career. Despite multiple injuries, the 34-year-old has won an impressive 82 World Cups, two World Championship gold medals and an Olympic gold too.

To celebrate her incredible career we have picked five top moments of Lindsey Vonn:

Her first World Cup Victory

 

 

The chain of World Cup wins started in 2004 in the Lake Louise Downhill. Vonn was 20 years old at the time and skied with her maiden name Lindsey Kildow. She beat France’s Carole Montillet-Carles by 0.19 seconds to claim her first ever World Cup victory. Little did we know she would go on to dominate the sport.

Gold in Vancouver

   

It was her third Olympic games and Vonn was determined to add Olympic gold to her CV. In the previous 2006 Turin Games, she crashed in the downhill training which affected her performance on race day, Vonn finished eighth. The external pressure in 2010 was at an all-time high for Vonn but she won by 0.56 seconds ahead of teammate Julia Mancuso. At the finish line, she was visibly overcome with joy, making it a historic Winter Olympic moment!

3 Overall World Cups in a row

    

From 2008-2010 Vonn dominated female alpine ski racing. Vonn competed in all disciplines and was able to gain points with consistent top 10s in every race. During this period Vonn won 26 World Cup races and was becoming a household name in America too. In the 2008/09 season, she won by an impressive 384points to win the overall, a huge gap over her rivals.  

Double World Championship Gold in Val d’Isere 

    

Vonn was the first female American to win the world Super G title in Val d’Isere in 2009. She nearly came close to winning the Alpine Combined after taking the lead in the downhill leg only to straddle in the slalom leg. Three days later she went on to win the downhill race in Val d’Isere topping off an incredible World Championships. In total Vonn has won seven World Championship medals in her career, her only gold medals coming in the Val d’Isere championships.

Transcending Alpine Skiing 

    

It’s not only her persona on the slopes that has grabbed people’s attention over the years, off the slopes she has had close media attention. Appearances on high profile talk shows, her Eurosport series and featuring on Running Wild with Bear Grylls has shown her personal side to the world. Not only this, but her many brand deals and commercials have propelled her into the public eye. Her ski racing success has enabled her to build a strong global brand.

Despite not beating Ingemar Stenmark’s record alpine ski race wins, Lindsey Vonn will forever be remembered as a legend of the sport and has paved the way for future ski stars to reach great heights in Alpine ski racing. We are sure this isn’t the last we will hear of Lindsey Vonn in the world of ski racing!

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Lindsey Vonn's Career in Numbers

  • 19 World Cup seasons (2001-2019)
  • 6 World Championships
  • 4 Olympic Games
  • 3 Junior World Championship Medals (2 Silver 1 Bronze)
  • 82 World Cup wins
  • 43 WC Downhill wins
  • 28 WC Super G Wins
  • 5 WC Super Combined Wins
  • 4 WC Giant Slalom Wins
  • 2 WC Slalom Wins
  • 4 Overall WC Titles
  • 16 WC Discipline Titles (8 DH 5 SG 3 SC)
  • 7 World Championship medals (2 Gold, 3 Silver 2 Bronze)
  • 3 Winter Olympic medals (1 Gold 2 Bronze)
  • 2010 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2010 & 2011 ESPY Best Female Athlete
  • 2011 Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the year