Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn in SI Swimsuit Issue [Gallery]

Lindsey Vonn, one of the most successful female skier ever, took home the gold medal in the Olympic downhill in Vancouver yesterday, and she’s expected to win at least two more in the next few days.

Lindsey Vonn, one of the most successful female skier ever, took home the gold medal in the Olympic downhill in Vancouver yesterday, and she’s expected to win at least two more in the next few days. More over, recently Lindsey Vonn posed in bikini for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Lindsey Vonn, 25, is an alpine ski racer and the first American to win back-to-back overall World Cup Championships. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Vonn was skiing by 2 and debuted at the 2002 Olympics.

She has appeared in campaigns for Red Bull, Vail, Under Armour, Proctor & Gamble, Uvex, Alka Seltzer Plus and Oroweat. This is Vonn’s first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Check out 12 best photos from the photo gallery below after the jump. [SportsIllustrated via Yeeeah]

Update1: At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vonn planned to compete in five events. On February 10, she revealed that she had a bruised shin. Vonn said the pain from her injury was “excruciating” and she would have a difficult time competing at the Winter Olympics.

 Due to unseasonably warm weather and resultant poor snow conditions, many of the Alpine skiing events were moved back, giving Vonn additional time to heal.

On February 17, in her first event, Vonn won the gold medal in the downhill, besting longtime U.S. rival Julia Mancuso by 0.56 seconds, becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill.

In her second event, the super-combined, Vonn finished first in the downhill portion of the race. However, in the slalom portion, she crashed out because she failed to get her ski around a right-hand gate. Vonn said her shin wasn’t the problem. Vonn’s friend, Maria Riesch, won the gold, and teammate Julia Mancuso earned the silver medal.

In her third event, the super-G, Vonn finished third behind Andrea Fischbacher and Tina Maze. Vonn was 0.74 second back from first place.

On the last part of the race, Vonn said she didn’t ski as aggressively as she could have and lost the race because of it. After the race, questions were raised about the setup of the course. Vonn’s husband, Thomas, said the course was deliberately set up against Vonn. Austrian coach Juergen Kriechbaum denied any wrongdoing.

In her fourth event, the giant slalom, visibility was reduced by thick, low fog. Vonn crashed in her first run, resulting in a broken fourth finger and Vonn’s disqualification from the event. In her fifth event, the slalom, Vonn lost control and straddled a gate, disqualifying her from the event.

Update2: Vonn is one of five women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing – Downhill, Super G, Giant slalom, Slalom, and Super combined – and, as of October 2011, has won 42 races in her career.

With her Olympic gold and bronze medals, two World Championship gold medals in 2009 (plus three silver medals in 2007 / 2011), and three overall World Cup titles, Vonn has become the most successful American skier in ski racing history.

Vonn received the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year for 2010. She was also honored again as the USOC’s sportswoman of the year for 2010.

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