Peak Performance

Lindsey Vonn

Olympic Gold Medalist, Alpine Skiing & Founder of the Lindsey Vonn Foundation

Moderated discussion on Peak Performance, Winning, and Coming Back

Lindsey Vonn is the most successful female alpine skier in the history of the sport and is on her way to becoming the most successful ski racer ever.

Six weeks after she turned 20, Vonn produced her first World Cup victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. In 2010, Vonn became the only American woman to have captured Downhill gold at the Olympics and also added a bronze in Super G. After rehabilitating two back-to-back knee injuries, Vonn returned to competition December, 2014. On January 19th, 2015 she broke Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup victories. Her documentary The Climb, chronicling her recovery, aired on NBC January 25th, 2015.

Over the course of her career, she has captured a world-record 77 World Cup wins en route to 20 FIS Alpine World Cup titles (surpassing Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark), including four overall crystal globes and two World Championship titles. In 2016, Vonn broke the all-time Downhill record (37 wins), claiming the season’s Downhill title outright, on top of achieving the sport’s Super-G record (27 wins).

In February 2015, Lindsey launched the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. Staying true to her values, LVF is a non-profit with the goal of empowering young girls to grow as athletes and individuals through opportunities and experiences that build self-esteem and create positive self-image. In November 2016, People magazine named Lindsey and LVF to their 25 Women Changing the World list. Recently added to The New York Times’ Best Sellers List, Lindsey’s book, Strong is the New Beautiful, debuted in October 2016.

Growing up in the Twin Cities area (Burnsville), Vonn was on skis at age two before moving into Erich Sailer’s renowned US Ski and Snowboard Association program at Buck Hill. Before she was 10, the rising US Ski Team star Picabo Street became her hero.When Street won the 1995 World Cup Downhill title, the 10-year-old vowed she would do the same one day. She commuted to Ski Club Vail for a couple of years before her family moved to Vail in the late 90s. Vonn continues to reside in Vail.

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