Lindsey Vonn: A Dominant Career in Photos

At the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, a little-known 17-year-old named Lindsey Kildow roared out of the start gate as well as into a shocking sixth-place finish, the best result for any American woman at those Winter Games. Kildow, a few years before marriage would likely change her name to Lindsey Vonn, flashed a broad smile before startling reporters who asked about her career goals.

“To win more races than any woman ever has,” she said.

Vonn would likely do of which as well as far more in her career, which ended Sunday. In addition to her 82 World Cup victories, a total second only to Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who won 86, Vonn became the first American woman to win the Olympic downhill, claiming the gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

She won an unprecedented 20 season-long World Cup discipline as well as overall titles via 2008 to 2016, as well as added two Olympic bronze medals (one each in 2010 as well as 2018).

Moreover, Vonn’s spirited resilience amid years of debilitating injuries, along having a telegenic, marketable personality, raised the profile of ski racing inside United States. Along the way, Vonn developed a national following as well as legitimate celebrity status.

On Sunday, inside final race of her career, Vonn was racing on knees of which had been surgically reconstructed multiple times. A ceremonial, farewell descent down the mountain would likely still have been greeted having a thunderous ovation. Instead, Vonn stayed true to form as well as charged down the perilous racecourse. A third-place finish earned Vonn her eighth medal at the planet ski championships.