‘There would never have been a Lindsey’ – Lindsey Vonn has reached extraordinary levels in alpine skiing as the coach once revealed the reason behind it

American alpine skiing icon Lindsey Vonn is one of the greatest athletes in history. Not only does she have a women’s record of 82 World Cup wins, but that’s just four shy of the overall record held by Ingemar Stenmark (86).

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His retirement in 2019 marked the end of an era when his knees could no longer support his weight on skis after years of abuse and injury. The Olympic champion may have had a rocky relationship with her dad, but he’s the very reason she started skiing.

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How Lindsey Vonn Became a Skiing Icon

Lindsey Vonnit is illustrious career began on a small ski hill with a drop of only 310 feet called Buck Hill.

Vonn’s father, Alan Kildow, was a skier himself, coaching with the Austrian national ski team at the age of 18. Unfortunately, a knee injury ended his career prematurely. But while he was active, US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame member Erich Sailer coached him.

ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND – MARCH 16: Lindsey Vonn of the United States poses with the Women’s World Cup Downhill Crystal Globe trophy after the Women’s Downhill race on March 16, 2016 in St Moritz, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The two developed a strong bond, and Kildow moved to Minnesota. When Lindsey Vonn was born, he put her on her first pair of skis at age 2, and by age 6 she had been introduced to Sailer. If you ask the legendary coach, he’ll tell you that Buck Hill is the reason Vonn has reached incredible heights in her skiing career.

“If I would never have come (to Buck Hill), there would never have been a Lindsey”, Sailing ship Told Summary of golf. “Because I got Alan a job in a company so he could go to school. He was going to school in the day and training in the evening. He met his wife. So it happened. Lindsey was born here…and it was truly exceptional, an incredible story.”

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Vonn’s outstanding career

Erich Sailer, also known as “Yoda of Ski Racing”, coached many American ski teams and World Cup racers like Julia Mancuso and Resi Stiegler. But Vonn is perhaps the most famous ski racer to come out of Buck Hill.

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The ski champion was the first American to win Olympic gold in the downhill, which she won at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title, the record in the overall men’s or women’s classification.

WHISTLER, BC – FEBRUARY 17: Lindsey Vonn of the USA celebrates her gold medal during the Flower Ceremony for Women’s Downhill Alpine Skiing on Day 6 of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at Whistler Creekside on February 17, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

She had a tendency to fall in training, which is not unusual in extreme sports. But she always bounced back from career-ending injuries to win more and more titles each time. Vonn wrote the book “Strong Is the New Beautiful” in 2016 and a memoir in 2022 titled “Rise: My Story.”

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She has been an inspiration to many young girls aspiring to a career on the slopes.

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