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SportHelene Elliott: Lindsey Vonn's unrelenting toughness makes her a champion for all female athletes

15:05  11 february  2019
15:05  11 february  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Vonn didn’t care. She made strength and assertiveness virtues for women who followed her down the slopes or competed in any sport. That boldness, and her unrelenting toughness , will be her legacy long after Her legacy is safe too. Women’ s skiing thrived because of her. All female athletes did.

Lindsey Caroline Vonn (née Kildow /kɪldaʊ/; born October 18, 1984) is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team.

Helene Elliott: Lindsey Vonn's unrelenting toughness makes her a champion for all female athletes © Reuters Lindsey Vonn brought the curtain down on her career last week

She went all out to the very end, because that's the only way Lindsey Vonn knew how to ski. She was bruised and battered as she went to the start gate on Sunday for the final race of her career, sore all over and her right eye blackened by the impact of a crash she suffered during a super-giant slalom race earlier in the week at the World Championships. Her ligaments tore and her bones sometimes broke but her competitiveness was never dimmed, never dented, never compromised.

Vonn flew down the tricky World Championships downhill course at Are, Sweden, as if there were no tomorrow, and in terms of her career, there is not. The injuries she has suffered over the years finally overtook her at age 34, after a women's-record 82 World Cup wins, as well as 20 World Cup titles, four World Cup overall championships, three Olympic medals and more stitches and surgeries and rehabilitation stints than she cared to count. Her body simply would not take any more. It would not let her tuck or shift as she once could, but on Sunday it granted her the gift of one last and glorious performance that made her the oldest woman to earn a medal at the World Championships.

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The latest Tweets from lindsey vonn (@ lindseyvonn ). Lindsey Vonn talks about her crash this morning at the Alpine Skiing World Championships . My sincerest congratulations on an amazing career @akselsvindal You’re truly a champion , on and off the slopes.

Vonn did discuss, posting a tweet with a screenshot of the Wikipedia page that lists her victories and records. Shiffrin, who is driven and confident but generally humble, replied: “@ lindseyvonn Trust me girl, we all know you da #GOAT and my name isn’t even close Your destination for all things Swim.

Vonn didn't win the gold Sunday. Skiing third, she held the lead for a while but was eventually passed by Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia and Corrine Suter of Switzerland. She finished 49 one-hundredths of a second behind Stuhec and won the bronze, a poetic full-circle journey if ever there was one as she earned her last medal in the place she won her first World Championships medals, a pair of silvers, in 2007. This bronze medal was no less a triumph for Vonn than finishing first would have been.

The Minnesota native didn't have to stand atop the medals podium to cap a career that transcended skiing and carried over to popular culture, and not just because she dated golfer Tiger Woods and, currently, hockey star P.K. Subban. Female athletes too often are still told how to behave (meek or deferential are preferred), how to look (not too muscled or you'll threaten men) and what they can't or shouldn't do. Vonn didn't care. She made strength and assertiveness virtues for women who followed her down the slopes or competed in any sport. That boldness, and her unrelenting toughness, will be her legacy long after her racing records are broken.

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Lindsey Vonn . By tzdon, February 20, 2010 in Female Athletes . When she won her 1st gold medal last week,I thought her husband was a total JERK screaming at her when she was crying telling her to suck it up for her interviews.Im betting that marrigae doesnt last.

"She changed our sport to more popular. She did a big difference in (the) sport because of that American approach. A little bit Hollywood style, which we in Europe don't have," retired Slovenian skier Tina Maze, a four-time Olympic medalist, four-time world champion, 26-time World Cup winner and onetime rival of Vonn's, said during an interview with the Olympic Channel. "For me, Lindsey is always a big champion and always was and will always be."

After her run on Sunday, Vonn was greeted by Ingemar Stenmark, the shy Swede whose record of 86 World Cup victories had been Vonn's target. He gave her flowers and an embrace that she returned with unfiltered joy. She had texted him to ask him to be there - in all caps, she said, to emphasise the urgency - and he was. "It meant everything to me," she said during NBCSN's telecast. He returned the compliment. "I'm very impressed with Lindsey that she could come back," he said.

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She had previously announced she had stepped away from the sport to seek help, but not until Friday did she specify the demons she' s fighting. And I think that for Gracie, taking a step back and actually taking time to focus on herself as an athlete , that is one of the hardest decisions to make .

Lindsey Vonn celebrates after winning an alpine ski, women' s World Cup in Austria in January. World champion downhill skier Lindsey Vonn is an incredible athlete . For her time with Tiger Woods. Now, Lindsey Vonn is looking at what makes beauty.

He didn't have to specify which comeback or from what calamity she had rebounded because there are too many to mention. Even during the week, after she had announced she would move up the timetable of her retirement and call it quits after the World Championships instead of after the season, she had to deal with the consequences of that super-G crash. "If adversity makes you stronger I think I'm the Hulk at this point," she said Tuesday on her Twitter feed.

But there was no doubt she would compete on Sunday. "One last time I will stand in the starting gate. One last time I will feel the adrenaline running through my veins," she tweeted on Saturday. "One last time I will risk it all. One last time ... I will remember it forever. Let's do this!"

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Helene Elliott is an American sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times who is a general sports columnist. She is the first female journalist to be receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 2005 for bringing "honor to journalism and to hockey".

Lindsey Vonn joined the club of female athletes who have appeared in the pages of Sports The juxtaposition of her outfit with her surroundings makes this a particularly unique shoot. Lindsey Vonn definitely knows that. While it’ s always tempting to just slack off and relax when you’re on

She was unusually antsy before the race, which started at a lower point on the hill than initially planned because of unfavourable weather conditions. That change probably helped her because she didn't have to push her wonky knees as far. "I laid it all on the line," she told NBCSN afterwards. "I had a really hard time controlling my nerves. I'm just happy I could finish strong. I soaked it in one last time."

She was greeted with cheers and signs and hugs at the finish. Her family was in the crowd and so was her beloved rescue dog Lucy. Subban, busy with the NHL Nashville Predators, couldn't be there but Vonn was shown on TV Facetiming with him. She made it down safely, she told him, with a smile.

Her legacy is safe too. Women's skiing thrived because of her. All female athletes did.

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Gallery: Vonn on and off the slopes (USA Today)

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