Lindsey Vonn is Nothing Short of Amazing

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Lindsey Vonn has had one heck of a season.  With everything going on behind the scenes, including a split from her husband and former coach Thomas, the American skier has demonstrated remarkable passion and focus en route to making history.

Lindsey won her 12th victory of the season on Wednesday, winning a downhill race by nearly a second and bringing her career total to 53 wins. The American skier, who clinched her fourth overall title last week and her fifth consecutive downhill title last month, finished Wednesday's race 0.92 ahead of Marion Rolland of France. Tina Maze of Slovenia was third. Lindsey's title tally is the second-highest total in World Cup history.

What makes Lindsey so special?  In addition to her natural talent, supermodel looks, gracious personality and endless passion, she works harder than just about anyone.

After a devastating training crash at the 2006 Olympics, Lindsey got out of the hospital and finished eighth at the downhill. During the 2009 world championships her  thumb was almost severed by a broken bottle.  She skied the rest of the season with her thumb taped to her pole and managed to win the overall World Cup title.

A crash before the 2010 Winter Games, where she was heavily favored to win Olympic gold, Lindsey injured her shin so severely that she couldn’t even put her ski boot on. Still, she won two medals, including gold in the downhill.

Time after time Lindsey comes up against seeming insurmountable obstacles, and each time she roars back victorious. 

On the TeamUSA website, sports jounalist Alan Abrahamson recites some facts and figures that suggest just how dominant Lindsey has been:

  • Four World Cup overall titles - the most by an American skier.
  • Achieved 50 career victories faster than any female racer in history. Lindsey's first win came on Dec. 3, 2004, a downhill in Lake Louise, Canada.
  • For the season, Lindsey has  over 1,908 World Cup points - an American record.

With a super-G and a giant slalom race left, Lindsey is within reach of the 2,000-point record held by Hermann Maier of Austria. No female racer has reached 2,000 points in a season before and Lindsey is acutely aware she's within striking distance of the milestone.

In fact she seems to be barrelling toward the 2k mark with the kind of speed she uses to cross the finish line.  Despite all the hardships, both personally and professionally, Lindsey seems to be thriving and we love watching her win.

@jschonb
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