Lindsey Vonn to share her story while helping Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center
RANCHO MIRAGE — Lindsey Vonn, an American former World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team, will in March share her incredible story at The Champion Honors Luncheon to benefit The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.
The luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. on March 11 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.
Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Lrogers@eisenhowerhealth.org.
Vonn won four World Cup overall championships—one of only two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll—with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, plus another in 2012. Vonn won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first one for an American woman. She also won a record eight World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008–2013, 2015, 2016), five titles in super-G (2009–2012, 2015), and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010–2012).
In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title, the overall record for men or women, surpassing Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who won 19 globes from 1975 to 1984. She has the second highest super ranking of all skiers, men or women.
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. Her total of 82 World Cup victories is a women’s record, surpassing Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria who had held the record since the 1970s. Only Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden with 86 World Cup victories has more. With her Olympic gold and bronze medals, two World Championship gold medals in 2009 (plus three silver medals in 2007 and 2011), and four overall World Cup titles, Vonn is the most successful American ski racer and considered one of the greatest of all skiers.
In 2010, Vonn received the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award and was the United States Olympic Committee’s sportswoman of the year.
Injuries caused Vonn to miss parts of several seasons, including almost all of the 2014 season and most of the 2013 season. While recovering from injury, she worked as a correspondent for NBC News covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. However, in 2019, she announced her retirement, citing her injuries.
After achieving everything there is to win in skiing and battling back from a series of career-threatening injuries, Lindsey announced that the 2018-19 season would be her last, prompting a long goodbye for one of the sport’s greatest ever athletes.
Her final season started with a couple of setbacks as she suffered a knee injury while training at the Colorado ski resort of Copper Mountain in November 2018 before enduring more heartache at Cortina d’Ampezzo, in Italy: In the first training she jumped wide in the finish area, hurt herself which led to tremendous pain in her knee and calf. But Lindsey was undeterred and mounted another impressive comeback by finishing 15th in the Downhill category of the event in Cortina on Jan. 18, 2019. She followed that up with an impressive ninth-place Downhill finish the following day.
Even though Lindsey didn’t crash in the Super-G race in Cortina, the persistent pain she was suffering (she twisted her knee with too much pressure) in both of her knees convinced her to conclude her
On February 1, 2019, she officially announced via Facebook that she would end her career after the World Championships in Åre, Sweden.
That final bronze medal brought to an end an amazing career for Lindsey and cemented her legendary status as one of the greatest skiers to grace the slopes.
On February 10, 2019 Lindsey officially retired from Alpine ski racing.
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