Skied in her first Olympics, in Salt Lake City, at age 17 in 2002. Suffered through a disappointing 2006 Winter Olympics after crashing in training, settling for seventh in the super-giant slalom and eighth in the downhill. She was given the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award for her efforts. Nominated for Best Female Athlete at the 2008 ESPY Awards, losing out to WNBA star Candace Parker.Severed a tendon in her right thumb while celebrating her 2009 World Championships downhill title, accidentally grabbing a broken champagne bottle. Vonn still raced a few days later. Became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in the downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Games, adding a bronze medal in the Super G. Crashed at the 2013 World Championships, tearing two ligaments in her knee and breaking her leg, but still claimed her sixth straight World Cup title in the downhill. Re-injured her knee in November 2013 and ultimately pulled out of consideration for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Has won a total of 78 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races throughout her career, which is an all-time American women's record.Has won races in all five World Cup alpine skiing disciplines, one of only six racers to do so.Is one of only two skiers to win four Ladies Overall Alpine World Cup championships.