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Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn has begun divorce proceedings with her husband and chief adviser, Thomas Vonn, Yahoo! reports.

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Vonn, as well as her husband, rose to fame last year when she won the gold medal for downhill skiing at the Vancouver Olympics. Thomas, a 2002 Olympian, replaced Lindsey's father, Alan Kildow, as her coach. Father and daughter remain estranged, according to Yahoo!.

"This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter," she said in a statement. Lindsey, 27, and Thomas, 35, married in September of 2007.