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Lindsey Vonn          

Retired Olympic Skier; Founder of the Lindsey Vonn Foundation

Known as one of the most successful female ski racers in American history, Lindsey Vonn is one of the few world-class, five-event ski racers.

Vonn is one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing—downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined—and won 82 World Cup races in her career through February 3, 2018.

Hailing from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Vonn set her sights on becoming a world-class skier after meeting her childhood hero Picabo Street at the age of nine. By age 18, she'd won three World Cup downhill titles and looked set for an Olympic Gold. But disaster struck when she crashed in practice and was forced to bow out.

That setback only strengthened Vonn's resolve. The next year she won silver in downhill and Super G at the World Championships, and in 2008 she won both the overall and downhill World Cup titles.

Since then, there's been an avalanche of triumphs: in 2009, she became the first American woman to claim back-to-back championships. 2010 brought her Olympic downhill gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games (again the first American woman to do so). She also took the World Cup title and a Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year. In 2011, Vonn took the downhill, combined and Super G titles, narrowly missing out on the overall World Cup title. In 2012, thanks to her first giant slalom win, she became the eighth woman to join the all-event winners’ circle.

The 2012–13 season was full of ups and downs due to illness, starting with a high in the shape of her third career hat-trick and second place in the all-time women’s standings, but despite claiming the World Cup downhill title, an injury put an abrupt end to the season in February 2013. After undergoing surgery, she made a fantastic comeback in December 2013, but in early January 2014 Vonn had to take the difficult decision to pull out of the Sochi Winter Olympics after a racing injury in Val d'Isère, France, at the end of 2013 meant it wouldn’t be safe for her to ski.

After surgery, her focus was to work hard on her rehab to make it to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at her home in Vail/Beaver Creek (Colorado) and the World Cup season. She did make it, and in January 2015 she beat Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll's 35-year-old record when she won her 63rd World Cup victory.

She followed that up in January 2016 in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, by taking her 37th downhill victory, beating Möser-Proll's all-time downhill record of 36 victories in men's and women's skiing. Then, in February 2016, Vonn sealed yet another World Cup downhill title – her eighth in downhill and her 20th Crystal Globe in total.

Despite breaking her right arm in November 2016, Vonn became the oldest female medallist in the FIS Ski World Championships' history and the first American alpine skier to earn a medal at five World Championships after taking third in the downhill race at St Moritz, Switzerland, in February 2017.

Vonn announced on February 1, 2019 that she'd made the difficult decision to bring her career to a close. She earned a bronze in her final race, the Downhill, a fitting end to her stellar career.

In addition, she founded The Lindsey Vonn Foundation, which is committed to engaging the community and our future generation with a positive and constructive atmosphere by strengthening the community and supporting girls through scholarships, education and athletics.

She is a part of the 2021 Forbes Power Women's Summit.

Speech Topics

Mental Health

Incorporating a mental health component to your program is an important and timely addition. Combining it with star power draws a virtual crowd and keeps the discussion upbeat, with substantive storytelling to leave audiences feeling more connected, less alone, and hopeful

More hosts are incorporating the topic of mental health into their programming, especially as Coronavirus has disrupted so many aspects of our lives at home and at work. Programs vary from light-hearted, interactive wellness breaks to head-on discussions about struggle and recovery. Combining the discussion with star power draws a virtual crowd and keeps the discussion upbeat, with substantive storytelling to leave audiences feeling more connected, less alone, and hopeful. Despite their public personas, many of our celebrity speakers openly share their vulnerabilities as a source of strength for others. Olympic downhill skiing champion Lindsey Vonn speaks openly about her challenges, including the difficulty that can come in life transitions such as her retirement from skiing, and the pressure to be perfect in today’s world.

Overcoming Adversity

Vonn experienced her fair share of adversity in her skiing career and her life. In this mindset-changing talk, Vonn inspires with insights of how she’s overcome adversity - from injuries to other challenges and setbacks - by living without fear, being prepared, taking ownership for her own success, and so much more.

An Evening With Lindsey Vonn

Vonn discusses stories from her life, career, and success as an athlete and Olympian. She shares the lessons learned on her journey about teamwork and self confidence, and inspires people to continue pushing to new levels of success.

At virtual and in-person events, Lindsey Vonn shares her lessons in elite performance, and is a clear example of how leadership, grit, and determination leads to winning results.

Vonn brings the skills she has honed from years of competing at an elite level to businesses looking to uncover lessons that will help teams take their results to the next level, or colleges in need of an inspirational message for their students. The way she weaves her life lessons and personal commitments into her discussions always touch, move, and inspire. She's also using her knowledge of the sport from a different lens, becoming an NBC Sports broadcast analyst on the Olympic Channel.

She has launched several initiatives to help people hard-hit by Covid and the accompanying economic recession. To support those out of work or transitioning from college to the workforce, Vonn launched "Lindsey Vonn's Virtual Career Day" which brought together young scholarship winners from the Lindsey Vonn Foundation with an expert in their intended field. She also participated in the One World: Together at Home, which was a global effort designed to fight the spread of COVID-19.

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