Fame and wealth as an athlete are often hard to achieve, as pushing the limits of one’s body is often a solitary struggle. However, top-level athletes can sometimes receive wealth worldwide recognition along with their superhuman achievements. Skier Lindsey Vonn is one of the most successful athletes in the world – the 33-year-old has 82 career victories under her belt, three of which are Olympic Gold Medals. She is by far the most decorated female skier in Olympic history.
Lindsey Vonn Net Worth – $3 million
As a successful athlete, Lindsey Vonn’s endorsement of a product is worth a lot of money. Her success is extremely inspirational, especially towards young athlete with similar goals as herself. Vonn has been endorsed by brands like Red Bull, Oakley, Rolex, Under Armour, Bounty, and GoPro. All of these brands pay Vonn large amounts of money to represent them, especially during highly publicized events such as the Olympics. Lindsey Vonn also has a large social media following, with 1.4 million Instagram followers.
How Did Lindsey Vonn Earn her Money and Wealth?
Lindsey Vonn began her skiing journey from a young age. She was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota to parents Linda and Alan Kildow. Her grandfather taught her to ski as soon as she was able to hold them in her hand. Vonn was coached by renowned coach Eric Sailer from the age of two years old at the Buck Hill ski resort in Burnsville, Minnesota.
By Lindsey Vonn’s 7th birthday, she was skiing year route in Oregon, Colorado, and her home state of Minnesota. While she focused on honing her talent, her parents diligently drove her to the best skiing locations, even if they were almost a full day’s drive away. She participated in many programs with notable coaches from her childhood to her teenage years. Vonn also met the skier Picabo Street when she was 10 years old, which resulted in him becoming a role model of hers.
Vonn’s first career breakthrough came to her in her teen years. At just 14 years of age, she placed first in Slalom at the Trofeo Topolino in Italy. She racked up any other wins in smaller competitions and was eventually chosen to join the American team in the 2002 Olympics. She won a silver medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics Junior championship.
In 2006, Lindsey Vonn joined team USA a second time to participate in the 2006 Torino Olympic games. Although she had a serious accident during the games, she still placed seventh. She also came back the next year with a vengeance – winning silver medals in the downhill at the 2007 Super G Championships. It wasn’t until the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that Lindsey Vonn won her first gold. That year, she secured a gold in the downhill as well as a bronze in the Super G.
Lindsey Vonn would go on to win more gold medals, but not without trial – a near career-ending crash in 2013 resulted in MCL and ACL tears. While recovering, she sprained her ACL further during a practice run, forcing her to withdraw from the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Despite the scary injury, Lindsey Vonn made a full recovery. She made a comeback during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. She nearly secured a gold medal after 3 downhill victories, but several small mistakes pushed her back to bronze.
Lindsey Vonn has no plans of stopping her ski career. Although she trains a whopping 6 to 8 hours per day, Vonn still makes many public appearances. She has also founded the Lindsey Vonn foundation for providing scholarships to young female athletes.
Lindsey Vonn Personal Life and FAQs
- How many Olympic Gold Medals does Lindsey Vonn have?
Vonn has one gold medal in the downhill she received during the 2010 winter Olympics. She also received a bronze medal in Super-G. Vonn also won bronze in the 2018 Super G.
- How many career wins does Lindsey Vonn have?
Lindsey Vonn has 82 world cup wins as of 2018 – and counting!
- Who is Lindsey Vonn dating?
Vonn was married to skier Thomas Vonn in September 2007. However, due to various differences, the couple divorced in January 2011. Since then, Vonn has dated several other athletes, most notably Tiger woods from 2012 to 2015.
- Where does Lindsey Vonn live?
Lindsey Vonn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has two homes – a 2.7 million dollar West Hollywood mansion as well as a five-bedroom mansion in Denver, Colorado.