In the first interview of a five part series, professional skier Lindsey Vonn sits down with The Ski Channel and talks growing up in the small ski city of Buck Hill, Minnesota, and learning the ropes of the slopes under the guidance of legendary coach Erich Sailer. In this portion of the interview, Vonn takes us from the bunny slopes of Buck Hill to her hometown of Vail, sharing some memories with us from her childhood.
Over the past decade, we have witnessed the talented, beautiful Vonn transform the sport of skiing for women nationally, as well as world wide. Already the most decorated woman in American skiing history, the special talent Vonn shares her experiences growing up in Buck Hill, from flirting with the boys on the ski lift, to her move to Vail at a young age at which time she really took hold to competitive skiing. As you'll see in this portion of the interview, Lindsey tells how she was on the younger side of the scale when it came to the athletes skiing Vail at that time, or as she says, the “odd duckling”. However, she states that during this period she learned highly valuable skiing techniques from her elders, which eventually led to her entry and success on the U.S. Ski Team.
Being one of the most influential and dominant athletes of our current time, Vonn has posted a career resume in skiing that has been mirrored by no other. Lindsey started off her big-time competition era real young, making her Olympic debut in 2002 at the surprising age of 17. Since then, it seems her competitive spirit not only enjoys the spot light, she goes looking for it. In a dynasty-forming fashion, Vonn posted three consecutive World Cup titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, followed by her most recent victory in 2012. In 2010 Vonn won the gold medal in downhill competition, the first ever in the event for an American woman. Lindsey has also put up the unheard of stat of five c
onsecutive World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline, four consecutive titles in Super G, and three consecutive titles in the combined as of 2012.
Vonn is one of five women ever to have won World Cup races in the five disciplines of skiing; downhill, Super G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined. With 53 total victories in World Cup races thus far in her career, she is poised to break the previos record of 62 wins, set by retired Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proll. Vonn was able to do all this and maintain her stunning looks, as she was ranked number 59 on the Maxim's Hot 100 list—the grand daddy of all magazine rankings. Lindsey also appeared in the well-known (by males, for sure) Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2010, an edition featuring Winter Olympians.
The most recent of her World Cup triumphs came this past March at the World Cup in Schladming, Austria. In the overall competition, Lindsey broke the overall points record previously set by Janica Kostelic of Croatia in 2006. Vonn passed the previous mark of 1,970 with ease en route to her new record of 1,980 points. She came dangerously close to the male's record set 12 years ago by Austrian Hermann Maier, but fell a mere 20 points shy of doing so.
A rare triple threat comprised of athletic ability, stunning looks, and down to earth charm, Vonn is definitely someone you'll want to follow in the upcoming years of her skiing career, on and off the slopes. Be sure to check out this interview as well as the following four, as it is a real treat to hear from such a great athlete and humble individual.