She started skiing at a very young age and then burst onto the international competitive skiing scene when she was only fourteen years old. It was at Italy’s Trofeo Topolino competition for eleven to fourteen year olds where she won the slalom and became the first American to ever win that race. The year was 1999, and Lindsey Vonn never looked back. In fact, she’s won eighty-two titles during her skiing career, making her the winningest female skier in US history. Earlier this month, she announced her retirement and bid farewell in a way that only Ms. Vonn could: She won a bronze medal at the world championships in Are, Sweden—making her the first female skier to win six different world championship titles. Happy retirement, Ms. Vonn!
Want to know more about Lindsey Vonn? Here are five interesting facts about her life:
-Her given name is Lindsey Kildow, but when she married American skier Thomas Vonn, she changed her last name. Even though she divorced him in 2013, she kept the name Lindsey Vonn.
-She was born in Minnesota, but she moved to Vail, Colorado, when she was in the sixth grade to race with a ski team there.
-Her father was a junior national ski champion.
-Lindsey put on her first pair of skis when she was only three years old.
-In 2017, she won a bronze medal at the world championships, but that wasn’t the only title that she took home. At the age of thirty-two, she also took home the title of the oldest female skier to ever win a medal at the world championships.