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Lindsey Vonn Biography

Birth Name:
Lindsey Caroline Kildow
Birth Place:
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Pro skier

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • Dylan Kildow -- Brother
  • Reed Kildow -- Brother
  • Thomas Vonn -- Ex-husband
  • Alan Kildow -- Father
  • Linda Krohn -- Mother
  • Karin -- Sister
  • Laura -- Sister