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Lindsey Vonn

Alpine skiing’s poster girl Lindsey Vonn won downhill gold at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 - the first in the event for an American woman.

That gold medal, along with her 2010 bronze medal in the super-G, two World Championships gold medals in 2009 and four overall World Cup titles, saw Vonn become the most successful American ski racer of all time.

She has won a total of seven World Championships medals and 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 Salt Lake City 2002, finishing sixth in the latter, prior to winning silver in the downhill at the 2003 World Junior Championships.

At the Olympic Winter Games Turin 2006, Vonn crashed on the second run and was taken to hospital by helicopter. Despite this, she returned to action two days later to finish eighth in the downhill, earning the US Olympic Spirit Award for her courage.

But Vonn's career has not been without its troubled moments. She suffered a serious knee injury at the 2013 World Championships and had to have reconstructive surgery, while another knee injury prior to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 forced her to withdraw.

A broken bone in her right arm in November 2016 once again left Vonn unable to compete, but she returned to action in January and by February 2017 had racked up 77 World Cup wins. Only Ingemar Stenmark, with 86, has more.

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