Lindsey Vonn will be one of the most recognizable faces in this month’s Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. This, despite the fact that Vonn has not competed in the Olympics since Vancouver in 2010, having been injured for Sochi in 2014.
That said, there is still much you likely didn’t know about the world’s most dominant female skier.
Vonn is on one of the hottest stretches of her career. Despite being 33 years old with a frightening list of injuries, Vonn has won five of her last eight races heading into PyeongChang.
Her father was a national ski champion as well. Alan Kildow was a junior national ski champion in his youth and put his daughter on skis at the age of 3.
Vonn is a New York Times best selling author. Her book, Strong Is The New Beautiful, was published in 2016.
Vonn is not afraid to wade into politics, telling CNN in December that she would decline an invitation to visit the White House. Traditionally, Olympians are invited to D.C. following the Games.
At the 2006 Torino Olympics, Vonn crashed and had to be airlifted off the mountain — and still returned to finish 8th in the downhill.
At 33 years old, Vonn has won 78 World Cup races, more than any other female in history.
Vonn hasn’t competed in the Olympics since 2010. Vonn may be the most decorated female in skiing history, but she’s also one of the most scarred, with myriad injuries piling up over the years. A knee injury kept her out of Sochi in 2014, so PyeongChang will mark been eight years since she has competed on an Olympic stage.
Vonn has her own clothing line with UnderArmour, the Lindsey Vonn Signature Collection in which each piece is named after a specific milestone or accomplishment in her career.
Vonn’s favorite hobby takes place in the exact opposite setting as her career: She loves to go scuba diving.
Vonn guest-starred in Law and Order. She played a teaching assistant on the series finale.