2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Lindsey Vonn?


Lindsey Vonn is a two-time Olympic medalist who holds the women’s record for most FIS Alpine Ski World Cup wins. She won gold in downhill and bronze in super-G at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. 

>> Read more trending news 

Pyeongchang will be Vonn’s fourth Olympic Games. She has competed in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Games. 

The 32-year-old was unable to defend her title at the 2014 Sochi Olympics after suffering a serious knee injury.

>> More Olympics coverage at WPXI.com

Vonn began to ski at Buck Hill Ski Area near her family home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her father, Alan Kildow, is a three-time national junior champion who blew out his knee at the age of 18. It was Kildow who mapped out Vonn’s skiing future. 

At the age of 11, Vonn wanted a bigger challenge than Buck Hill. Her mother quit her job of 17 years and they moved to Vail, Colorado, for the winter to train at the Ski Club Vail. The following year, her father and two brothers and two sisters also moved to Vail.

Vonn has dealt with a laundry list of injuries, including a broken arm she suffered in a November 2016 training crash, but she still managed to rewrite the record books.

Other Interesting Facts

  • Owns seven world championship medals.
  • Fourth-time winner of the overall World Cup title.
  • Owns the women’s record for most World Cup wins.
  • Closing in on the overall record of career World Cup wins.
  • Owns the women’s record for most World Cup discipline titles.
  • Eight-time winner of the World Cup downhill title.
  • Has won more World Cup downhill races than any other skier.
  • Has won more World Cup super-G races than any other skier.
  • First alpine skier to win 20 crystal globes.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's relationship had issues before marriage, report says
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's relationship had issues before marriage, report says

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux may have been doomed from the start. A new report in People claims that the celebrity couple’s relationship was riddled with issues even before they got married. “Ever since they became serious, the living issue often made them bicker. It was always hard for Jen to understand why Justin...
Wet morning commute; Winter Weather Advisory for northern counties
Wet morning commute; Winter Weather Advisory for northern counties

Winter Weather Advisory for the following counties until 11 a.m: Mercer, Auglaize, Logan Flood Watch for the following counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Sunday: Butler, Warren, Clinton Slight chance for freezing rain in northern Miami Valley Wet morning commute for everyone today Rounds of rain Friday, Saturday TODAY: A Winter Weather...
WATCH: Florida school shooting survivors perform emotional song at CNN town hall
WATCH: Florida school shooting survivors perform emotional song at CNN town hall

Survivors of last week's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, performed an emotional song Wednesday night to close a CNN town hall on gun control. According to CNN, members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Club wrote and performed the song, "Shine," at the event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. "You're not gonna...
Marco Rubio faces a tough crowd during CNN's town hall for gun reform
Marco Rubio faces a tough crowd during CNN's town hall for gun reform

During CNN’s Wednesday night town hall with Florida lawmakers, survivors of last week’s high school shooting and members of the NRA, Sen. Marco Rubio attempted to explain why a ban on assault rifles wouldn’t have prevented the tragedy, and the audience’s reaction was not quite what he was hoping for. While explaining what a...
First week of spring: March to come in like a lion
First week of spring: March to come in like a lion

Yet still on every side we trace the hand Of Winter in the land, Save where the maple reddens on the lawn, Flushed by the season’s dawn. — Henry Timrod The Ducks-Scouting-for-Nests Moon waxes throughout the period, entering its second quarter on February 23 at 3:09 a.m. It grows in strength as the month comes to a close, reaching perigee...
More Stories