Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Beauty of Sport, Part Two: Skier Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn is another American skier getting attention on the slopes.

Born Lindsey Kildow (she married her husband Thomas Vonn in 2007), she met Picabo Street as a girl and was inspired by her to become a skier herself. (Street even became her mentor.)  Lindsey Vonn competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino but crashed in a downhill run. She was hospitalized overnight and was in pain from a bruised hip, but she managed to return to the Olympic slopes and ski in the downhill final, finishing in eighth place. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she redeemed herself quite nicely with a gold medal in the women's downhill and the bronze medal in the women's Super G.

Lindsey Vonn's Olympic success in Vancouver came after winning the World Cup in women's skiing three years in a row (2008, 2009, 2010) - becoming only the second American woman to do so, after Tamara McKinney. While she was matching McKinney's accomplishment, Lindsey Vonn also won the gold medal in the downhill and the Super G at the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isère.

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