Winter Games Athletes
Vonn enters her fourth Olympics looking for a suitable encore to her performance in Vancouver, where she became the first American woman to win downhill gold after revealing a lower-leg injury days before competition. She also took home a super-G bronze, but Vonn will have to overcome more than a media frenzy and bruised shin to succeed in Sochi. While competing in the super-G at the 2013 World Championships back on Feb. 5, she crashed and suffered a torn ACL and MCL in her right knee. She returned to the slopes ahead of schedule in late August and said she’d arrive in Sochi with her usual high expectations. Vonn followed up her Vancouver gold by winning her third overall World Cup championship at the end of the 2010 season. She did it again in 2012, becoming the second female skier to win four overall World Cup titles after losing the crown one year earlier to Germany’s Maria Riesch by three points - despite finishing first in the downhill, super-G and combined that season. She enters the Sochi Games with six straight World Cup downhill titles dating back to 2008, having kept the title in '13 despite the knee injury. She won four consecutive super-G titles from 2009-12 and three straight crowns in the combined from 2010-12. Her success since Vancouver has given her the most World Cup victories ever by an American skier. Vonn started 2012 by winning her first giant slalom, which made her the sixth woman to have won all World Cup events at least once. In 2013, she moved into second place on the all-time wins list with 59 behind Annemarie Moser-Pröll’s 62. Vonn’s divorce with 2002 Olympian Thomas Vonn became official in Jan. 2013. Two months later, her personal life gained plenty of tabloid steam when it was announced she was dating the world's No. 1-ranked golfer, Tiger Woods.