Lindsey Vonn is one of the most decorated skiers in the history of the sport. She officially retired after placing third in women’s downhill at the 2019 World Championships in Sweden. Winning countless medals at the Olympics, she left a lasting legacy on the sport.
So, what events led to her retirement — and how much is her net worth after experiencing so much success? Here’s a look at Vonn’s career.
The Minnesota native competed in four Winter Olympics, beginning in 2002 at the age of 17. Vonn failed to medal in her two events in 2002 and again in five events in 2006. Then, in 2010, she won the bronze in the super-G and gold in the downhill, becoming the first American woman to win that Olympic event.
Vonn missed the 2014 Games due to injuries but returned to compete four years later. In 2018, she made the podium in the downhill, taking home her second Olympic bronze.
World Championships and World Cups
Vonn competed in the World Cup each season from 2002 through 2019. She earned 20 season titles during that time: four overall, eight downhill, five super-G, and three combined. The star skier won 82 World Cup races in her career — a women’s record and four wins behind the all-time record held by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark.
Vonn earned a total of 137 World Cup medals. She competed in the World Championships eight times, every other year from 2005 through 2019. Vonn won two golds in those events, topping the leaderboard in both downhill and super-G in 2009. She ended her career with eight World Championship medals.
Injuries plague her career
Vonn could’ve seen even more success if it weren’t for injuries. The most significant setback was probably the right knee injury Vonn suffered in late 2013. It almost caused her to miss the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as well as nearly the entire season.
Vonn’s comeback from that particular injury began in December 2014, when she won the Women’s World Cup downhill race in just her second competition back from the injury.
Vonn’s “broken” body leads to retirement
Upon announcing her retirement earlier this year, the 34-year-old said she still suffers from knee problems that forced her to move her retirement up. She called the two weeks leading up to the statement “some of the most emotionally challenging days” of her life.
Vonn struggled with the difference between what her body was telling her and what her “mind and heart believe [she is] capable of.” But, ultimately, the former skier decided she could no longer compete at the highest level. She called her body “broken beyond repair” and it is “screaming at [her] STOP.”
What is Vonn’s net worth?
Successful athletes can earn a lot of money, even in a more niche sport like skiing. The fame Vonn gained from all of the races and medals helped her earn a net worth of about $6 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Much of those earnings come from her endorsement deals for products like Red Bull, Rolex, Beats by Dre, Proctor & Gamble, and Under Armour. Vonn also has her own clothing line.