Lindsey Vonn is a well-celebrated American elevated ski racer on the US ski team. She is one of the six women to have got ‘World Cup’ competitions in all five disciplines of alpine skiing, namely, downhill, super-G, slalom, giant slalom, and super combined.
Lindsey Vonn became one of the top female skiers, with 82 ‘World Cup’ victories to her credit, excelling Annemarie Moser-Prӧll of Austria, who took the record since the 1970s. However, she wants five more ‘World Cup’ advantages to beat the record set by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who has 86 ‘World Cup’ titles.
Lindsey Vonn is the first American woman to have got a gold medal in the downhill, at the 2010 ‘Winter Olympics.’
Lindsey Vonn also won eight ‘World Cup’ season titles in the downhill discipline, five super-G titles, and three consecutive titles in the super-connected (2010 to 2012). Excelling Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who has 19 ‘World Cup’ ‘Globe’ wins (1975–1984), she won the 20th ‘World Cup’ ‘Crystal Globe’ title in 2016. She has the second-highest super ranking among all skiers , including men and women skiers in America. She is one of the most famous skiers America has produced.
Lindsey Vonn Biography & Wiki
|Lindsey Vonn Real Name||Lindsey Caroline Kildow|
|Nick Name||LindsDon DonKildon|
|Profession||World Cup alpine ski racer|
|Brands Endorsed||• promotional campaigns for the sportswear giant Under Armour|
• chocolate brand Reese’s
• Vail town’s tourism
• Oakley’s range of skiing goggles
• Alka-Seltzer Plus
• America’s Milk Processor
• Better Vision Network Lasik Surgery
|Career Manager||Red Bull GmbH|
|Lindsey Vonn Height||In Centimeter- 178 cm|
In Meter- 1.78 m
In Feet- 5’10”
|Lindsey Vonn Weight||In Kilogram- 64 kg|
In Pound- 141 lbs
|Date Of Birth||18 October 1984 (Thursday)|
|Lindsey Vonn Age (2022)||38 Years|
|Birthplace||Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Zodiac Sign/Sun Sign||Libra|
|Home town||Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|School||University of Missouri High School|
|College/University||University of Missouri|
|Affairs/Boyfriend||Thomas Vonn (2007-2011)|
Tiger Woods (2012-2015)
Alexander Ludwig (2016)
J. J. Watt (2016)
Kenan Smith (2016)
|Marriage Date||29 September 2007|
|Divorce Date||9 January 2013|
|Parents||Father- Alan Lee Kildow (Former Amateur Alpine Ski Racer)|
Mother- Linda Anne Krohn
|Sibling||Brother– •Reed Kildow (Younger) |
•Dylan Kildow (Younger)
Sister– •Karin Kildow (Older)
•Laura Kildow (Younger)
|Favorite Halloween Candy||Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups|
|Favorite Cereals||Fruity Pebbles|
|Favorite Frozen Yogurt||Chocolate vanilla swirl, red velvet or cake batter|
|Favorite Non–Alcoholic Drink||Ginger Ale|
|Favorite Meal||Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian pancake made with beer and raisins)|
|Favorite Ice Cream Flavor||Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia|
|Favorite Exercises||Plank-up, Twist Tuck, Hamstring Curl, Quadrupled Pulse, Single-Leg Ball Squat|
|Lindsey Vonn Net Worth (2022)||12 Million USD|
Family, Early Life and Education
Born Lindsey Caroline Kildow in St. Paul, Minnesota, she is the daughter of Linda Anne and Alan Lee Kildow. She grew up in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in Burnsville, Minnesota. Her father is of Irish ancestry and her mother is of German and Norwegian ancestry. Vonn was on skis at age two before moving into Erich Sailer’s renowned development program at Burnsville’s Buck Hill, which also produced slalom racer Kristina Koznick. Her father, who had won a national junior title before a knee injury at 18, “pushed” her very hard, according to Sailer.
When Vonn was 9 years old, she met Olympic gold medalist ski racer Picabo Street, whom she considers her hero and role model. Their meeting made such an impression on Street that she remembered the meeting and later served as Vonn’s mentor in skiing. Vonn commuted to Colorado to train for several years before her family moved to Vail, Colorado in the late 1990s.
Lindsey Vonn attended University of Missouri High School, an online program through the university’s Center for Distance and Independent Study. She speaks German fluently. Despite not attending a traditional 4-year university, Vonn has gone on to participate in the four-day Harvard Business School’s “The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports” program.
Lindsey Vonn Skiing Career
- By the time Lindsey was 7, she had already skied in Colorado, Minnesota, and Oregon all-year-round.
- She traveled to Colorado by train for several years to receive skiing lessons at the ‘Ski Club Vail’ (SCV), an alpine racing program that trains young and aspiring skiers of age 6 and above.
- In 1995, at the age of 10, she met ‘Olympic’ gold medalist ski racer Picabo Street at a promotional event.
- In 1997, when Lindsey was in sixth grade, her family decided to move to Vail, Colorado, permanently. Her siblings, too, relocated soon.
- During her first year at ‘SCV,’ Lindsey Vonn skied under the ‘Gravity Corps’ pre-age-class program. She was trained by female coach Colby S Scudder. The program, directed by Tom Krebs, had strict guidelines, according to which skiers were not to be trained inside the gates but were to develop their skills in challenging terrain and difficult conditions.
- Consisting of multiple groups, this program was for skiers who were not old enough to participate in official age-class events sanctioned by ‘USSA’ or ‘FIS.’ Considering Lindsey’s skiing speed, her coach, Scudder, supported the idea of her skiing with age-class skiers. Support from the program director, Chip Woods, made her enrollment for the age-class skiing program possible. She received lessons from technical skiing coaches such as Todd A Rash, Reid Phillips, and Gus Peretz. They helped her perfect her technical skills and she began the “in gate” training.
- In 1999, Will McDonald and Lindsey Vonn were the first American athletes to win the “Cadets” slalom events in Italy’s Trofeo Topolino di Sci Alpino. Street loved watching the 15-year-old Lindsey perform. She admired her love for speed and her amazing knack for following the fall line, which is a rare find.
- Climbing through various ranks of the US ski team in her career, she made her ‘World Cup’ debut at the age of 16, on November 18, 2000, in Park City, Utah.
- At 17, Lindsey Vonn debuted at the 2002 ‘Winter Olympics’ in Salt Lake City and raced in both slalom and combined, securing the sixth spot.
- In 2003, she earned a silver medal in downhill at the ‘Junior World Championship’ in Puy-Saint-Vincent, France.
- In January 2004, she secured the third place in downhill at the ‘World Cup’ in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The same year, she won a silver medal in downhill at the ‘US Alpine Championships’ at the ‘Mount Alyeska Resort,’ Girdwood, Alaska.
- In 2005, she reached the fourth place in both the downhill and the mixed events at the first ‘World Championships,’ held in Bormio, Italy. She also secured the ninth position in super-G. However, she failed to finish the giant slalom.
- Lindsey got the overall ‘World Cup’ title and became the second American woman to be honored with the most ‘World Cup’ downhill victories, following Tamara McKinney in 1983. She also won the ‘US Alpine Championships’ combined title (downhill and slalom) in 2008.
- At the 2009 ‘World Championships’ held in Val-d’Isere, France, Lindsey became the first woman to win the world super-G title. In the super combined event, she won the downhill round and almost finished second with a remarkable slalom performance. However, she was later disqualified for splitting a gate.
- She was previously determined that she would not retire until she had broken Stenmark’s record of ‘World Cup’ victories. However, in October 2018, ahead of the 2018–209 ‘FIS Alpine Ski World Cup,’ she announced that she would retire at the end of the season, irrespective of whether she was able to break Stenmark’s record or not.
Accidents And Injuries
- She attributes her change in attitude toward training to a bike ride she experienced with fellow ski racer Julia Mancuso and her father, when she visited them in Lake Tahoe, California.
- At the 2006 ‘Winter Olympics,’ Lindsey clocked the second-best time in the first practice run but crashed in the second training run for downhill on February 13, 2006, in San Sicario, Italy. She was transported by helicopter to Turin and was hospitalized. She underwent treatment for a bruised hip. However, she returned to the slope 2 days later, to finish eighth in the competition.
- A training clash before the slalom race at the ‘World Championship’ in 2007 caused a low-level ACL sprain to her right knee, thus ending her season 4 weeks early. Nevertheless, she secured the third spot in the 2007 ‘Women’s World Cup’ super-G and downhill races.
- Her career was once troubled with illness, resulting in her skipping a pair of slalom races toward the end of 2012. However, in a few days, she picked herself up to secure a hat-trick win of two downhill and a super-G race in Lake Louise. The event was held from November 30 to December 2, 2013. These wins increased her career total to 56 and helped her surpass Vreni Schneider to get a second-place among women.
- In 2018, Lindsey stated that she would not attend the ‘White House’ reception in case she won the ‘Olympic’ gold medal. She also refused to represent the US president at the 2018 ‘Winter Olympics. She made it clear that ‘Olympians’ represent the people of the country and not the president. At the 2018 ‘Winter Olympics,’ she tied at the sixth place in the women’s super-G and won bronze in downhill.
Facts About Lindsey Vonn
- She started skiing at the age of two.
- In 2010, the Maxim magazine placed Lindsey on the 59th position in the list of “100 Hottest Women across the World.”
- In 2010, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition highlighted her in the special Olympians photoshoot that included the 2010 Winter Games playing, athletes.
- After Annemarie Moser-Pröll, she is the second female skier to have got four World Cup championships.
- When she got the gold medal in the downhill event at the 2010 Winter Games, she became the first American skier to do so.
- She is the first female skier in history to have gained record-setting eight World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline.
- She won five back-to-back titles between 2008 and 2013.
- In 2016, she became the first skier (male or female) to gain twenty World Cup crystal globe titles.
- Lindsey Vonn was named a sportswoman of the year by the United States Olympic Committee in 2010.
- In 2010, the Associated Press called Lindsey Vonn the athlete of the year.
- Vonn has a small herd of cows in Austria, which includes cows and calves won in different skiing competitions.
- In 2016, she wrote her book Strong Is the New Beautiful, which described training routines and other fitness tips for women of all sizes and shapes.