"I pretty much did the splits," USA's Lindsey Vonn says of her worst crash. "But it looked cool."
- Alpine Skiing
- Representing USA
Alpine skiing’s poster girl, Lindsay Vonn won Downhill gold at the Olympic Winter Games at Vancouver 2010 - the first in the event for an American woman.
Along with her 2010 bronze medal in the Super-G, two World Championships gold medals in 2009 and four overall World Cup titles, Vonn has become the most successful American ski racer of all time.
She has also won a record eight World Cup season titles in the downhill (2008–2013, 2015, 2016), five titles in super-G (2009–2012, 2015) and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010–2012). Vonn made her World Cup debut in November 2000, aged 16, in Park City, Utah - the very same place she would make her Olympic debut two years later.
She raced both Slalom and Combined at the Olympic Winter Games in 2002, finishing sixth in the latter, prior to winning silver in the downhill at the 2003 World Junior Championships.
At the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Vonn crashed on the second run and was taken by helicopter off the mountain to a local hospital. Despite this, she returned to action two days later to finish eighth in the downhill, earning the US Olympic Spirit Award for her courage.
Vonn suffered a serious knee injury at the 2013 World Championships and had to have reconstructive surgery - she aggravated her knee again just prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and had to withdraw.