Known as the most successful female ski racer of all time, now Vonn's on to shattering men's records. (Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom)
Olympic excitement was palpable this week, as Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn gave a thumbs-up to the new PyeongChang downhill in South Korea and was named as the first International Games Ambassador for the 2018 Winter Games.
Lindsey Vonn is deeper than just her athletic achievements you read about on paper. Behind the trophy façade, Vonn has a passion for inspiring young girls and helping them achieve their dreams. And this season, she decided to act on it.
USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Lindsey Vonn's performance on the World Cup this season in this week's Behind the Globe.
Lindsey Vonn powered to fifth, Mikaela Shiffrin seventh, in the final GS of the season as Austria's Anna Fenninger took the overall title in dramatic fashion.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety get ready to attack the tech events this weekend during the last races at the World Cup Finals.
Congratulations, Lindsey Vonn!
Huge congratulations to Lindsey Vonn from everyone at the U.S. Ski Team.
Lindsey Vonn skied aggressively to take the win and the crystal globe in the final Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G of the season.
Lindsey Vonn charged to victory at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Meribel, collecting her 18th crystal globe, winning the downhill title over Austria's Anna Fenninger.
Lindsey Vonn took back the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G lead with one race remaining with a victory in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Lindsey Vonn was seventh Saturday in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, bringing her lead over Anna Fenninger down to just 35 points with one race remaining.
It's an action-packed weekend coming up in Europe, with Alice McKennis taking 16th in the Garmisch downhill training run and Lindsey Vonn seventh. Steven Nyman won his second training run in Kvitfjell and looks for another World Cup win on Saturday.
The weather finally lifted in Bansko, after a weekend of delays and cancelations due to heavy fog. In a sun-drenched, technically set super G, Lindsey Vonn grabbed third place. Podium regulars Anna Fenninger of Austria and Tina Maze of Slovenia went 1-2.
After two days of delays and canceled races, the race organizers at Bansko were determined to complete the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined. But the race was marred by tough snow and fog in the super G portion, which caused many racers trouble.
The best female ski racers in the world competed in front of a rowdy Slovenian crowd on Saturday that rivaled that of the World Championships in Beaver Creek, CO.
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Known as the most successful female ski racer in the world - Lindsey Vonn is one of the few world-class, four-event ski racers. She is the only American woman to ever capture downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles. Six weeks after she turned 20, Vonn (then Kildow) produced her first World Cup victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. She has since captured a U.S. record 67 World Cup wins. In addition to her 2010 Olympic downhill gold and super G bronze, she holds five World Championship medals, including double gold in 2009. In her 2014 comeback year, Vonn really charged and proved to everyone that she is back and better than ever, leading the way in the first-ever historic U.S. podium sweep in Lake Louise and snagging the all-time World Cup wins record of 63 wins and extending that total to 67 by season's end, along with grabbing super G and downhill titles, third overall and 19 total World Cup titles - the record among females and matching Ingemar Stenmark's record.
A horrific crash at the February 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships left Vonn with a torn ACL/MCL, fractured tibial plateau and a whole lot of motivation to come back to the sport strong. It was the kind of motivation that put her back on snow in Portillo, Chile at the end of August, a full month and a half ahead of schedule. All signs were pointing to go, and Vonn was on track when a mid-November downhill training crash at Copper Mountain resulted in a major setback.
Determined to compete in the 2014 Olympics, Vonn pushed on. She returned to training a few weeks later and was back in the start gate in early December in Lake Louise, where she placed a promising fifth in the super G. She cruised into the next race series at Val d’Isere, France feeling strong, but her knee was rocked after hitting a big hole in the downhill. She then wisely called it a season so she could set her sights on the healing process and be in the best shape of her life for the 2015 season, when World Championships was hosted on her home snow of Vail/Beaver Creek.
OFF THE SNOW
Out of her ski boots, Vonn swings a mean tennis racquet and golf club. After recording a hole-in-one during one of her first full 18 holes, Vonn is now a staple at charity tournaments. But if you ask her about her favorite thing to do beside ski, she'll tell you it's all about spending time with her family and new pooches, Leo and Bear (Instagram: LeoAndBearVonn).
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