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The most successful race skier in American history, Lindsey Vonn broke record after record during a career that spanned nearly two decades. In addition to winning 3 Olympic medals, 2 World Championship gold medals, and 82 World Cup races, Vonn became a household name, as her accomplishments and grit often put skiing in the mainstream news.
Vonn made her World Cup debut at age 16. Throughout her career she sustained numerous injuries, yet overcame them time and time again to dominate the slope. For example, in 2009, she famously won 2 World Cup downhill races and a Super-G while skiing with her arm in a brace, due to an injury she had sustained in the event’s opening run. A few months later she won the gold medal in women’s downhill at the Vancouver Olympics, despite having badly bruised her shin during a training session a few weeks prior to the competition.
Vonn’s career endured many years more than the average professional skier’s. At age 33, she secured her second Olympic bronze medal in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. One year later, she ended her career on a high note after becoming the oldest woman to win a World Championship medal at the 2019 World Championship in Sweden.
Vonn has been recognized by People magazine as one of 25 women changing the world. She is the founder of the Lindsey Vonn Foundation which works on empowering young girls through sports and life coaching.
Lindsey Vonn is one of the most successful American skiers of all-time. She has won four World Cup overall championships, only one of two women to do so. Vonn also has a record eight World Cup titles in downhill, five titles in super-G and three titles in combined. With 20 World Cup crystal globe championships, she has the most of any man or woman. No woman has won more than the 76 World Cup races Vonn has triumphed in. In 2010, she captured gold in the downhill at the Olympics, which was a first for an American woman. Vonn won a bronze in super-G at those Games as well. She ran in her first Olympics at the age of 17 in 2002 and also competed in the 2006 Games. Vonn holds two World Championship golds and six medals overall.
Ski legend Lindsey Vonn gives us a look at the extensive training she underwent to dominate women’s skiing throughout her career. Ironically, the majority of that preparation took place off the slope due to the expenses simulated racing would incur. Therefore, Vonn spent extensive time in the gym finding other ways to work on the skills she would need in downhill competitions such as agility, endurance, and balance.
This constant training - the equivalent of a full-time job, Vonn notes - combined with a few yearly skiing camps made her one of the top performers of her time. “When I’m in a good place, I don’t really think about much,” she comments on what goes through her head when she’s hurtling down a mountain. “I’m on auto-pilot.”
Despite broken bones, torn ligaments, ruptured joints, and shredded nerves, Lindsey Vonn worked tirelessly to become the most successful American race skier in history. Vonn’s legacy is living proof of what we can accomplish when we can push beyond our perceived limits. The legendary champion draws from her career on and off the slope to provide inspiring advice on perseverance, setting goals, and refusing to give up.
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Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power
Lessons in strength, fitness, food, and attitude from the popular world champion skier and beauty icon—Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.
Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about “losing weight fast,” and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do. Lindsey is a small-town Minnesota girl at heart turned world-champion skier, but that didn’t come without hard work. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Lindsey lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world—tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out, and kicks readers into high-gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image, with the tips and tricks she’s learned as a pro.
This is Lindsey’s regimen, and she encourages people to take from it what will work for them. She bounced back from injury not by doing every single thing a trainer said, but instead, by thinking about the fitness plan that would work for her, and eating the right foods that would make her feel and get healthy. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, she interweaves her training and diet regimen with compelling stories of her life growing up in the heartland, her love of skiing, the challenges she’s faced—including injuries, illness, and depression—and her secrets to wellness, fitness, and recovery.
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