Lindsey Vonn made headlines this weekend when she became the oldest female world championship medallist. Vonn, 32, won bronze in the downhill at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships held this weekend in St Moritz. She picked up what will be her 7th world championship medal finishing 0.45s behind winner Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia.
Lindsey Vonn overcoming injury
The medal comes after a tough few years for Lindsey Vonn. Prior to her St Moritz success she suffered a training crash at Copper Mountain in November, suffering nerve damage to her right hand which still hasn’t fully healed. At the World Championships in 2013 Lindsey Vonn suffered the first of two knee injuries which kept her out of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
When asked about how hard it was to come back from injuries, Lindsey Vonn told reporters,
“It’s been a struggle. Nothing’s been easy for the last five years, so I’m very thankful to have a medal.”
Lindsey Vonn had already finished fifth in the Super-G event, which made her proud but that wasn’t good enough for her with the idea of a medal at St Moritz being the “cherry on the cake” having come back from a various breaks and injuries which have dogged her over the last three and a half years.
The human side of Lindsey Vonn
Vonn has been open about her life outside of skiing, speaking about her struggles with depression and her relationship with LA Rams assistant wide receiver coach Kenan Smith. Lindsey Vonn has posted repeated pictures of the two of them on her Instagram account, speaking of the strength she has taken from the relationship.
Her former love interests include golfer Tiger Woods, who she dated between March 2013 and May 2015 and US Ski Team athlete Thomas Vonn who she married in 2007 before finally divorcing in 2013.
Lindsey Vonn has 77 World Cup victories in all, still nine behind Ingemar Stenmark’s haul of 86. She has competed in six World Championships in a career spanning twelve years from 2005 to 2017, winning two Gold medals in the Super-G and Downhill races in 2009 at Val-d’Isere along. She has also won an Olympic Gold medal in the Downhill and a bronze in the Super-G at the 2010 Olympic Games in Canada.