Earlier this month Lindsey Vonn spoke about the positive influence of her husband on her success in skiing, thanking him for bringing order to her hectic mix of training, competition and personal appearances.
“This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter,” said Lindsey Vonn in a statement.
One of the possible reasons for divorce could become well-publicized teen homecoming dance Vonn agreed to go to 20 days ago.
A 16-year-old Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy student, Parker McDonald, saw Vonn having lunch with the students and said “What are you doing tomorrow night, because there’s a dance. And I was wondering if you wanted to go with me.”
Vonn answered, “Yes. I was like, ‘What exactly is this going to be, and what time? And I just had to pause for a minute. But Parker was such a gentleman and he asked me so politely that I just – I couldn’t resist his face.”
Lindsay added, “He invited me over to his friend’s house for, like, the family pictures and stuff. So I went over and then I – pretty much all the kids wanted to ride in my car over to the dance, so I think we may have fit a few too many kids into my car, but my Audi definitely handled it well. But we pulled up in style.”
Her husband confirmed the information about the divorce, saying that he filed for divorce last Monday, after four years since their marriage Sept. 29, 2007.
Thomas, a former Olympic skier as well, was as her main advisor since she has undergone a leg injury to win gold in the downhill and bronze in the super-G at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
She was firstly noticed in Vancouver after her father, Alan Kildow, introduced her to skiing. The family even moved to Colorado to foster that passion for the slopes.
But she fell out with her dad a few years ago. Obviously, the feud began in 2006 before Turin Olympics, when she was known as Lindsey Kildow.
A bit later she started to date Thomas Vonn, a former Olympic skier who is nearly nine years older.
As the years rolled by, Thomas became her right-hand helping to coordinate interviews, providing tips on the course and making sure all the logistics were taken care, freeing Lindsey Vonn to focus on skiing.
She has become a part of one of U.S. team history as one of the top racers, winning three overall World Cup titles. She also has 42 World Cup wins, together with Anja Paerson she has fourth place on the all-time list.
Having won the giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, Vonn got the title of the fifth female skier to win a race in all five Alpine disciplines. She is also considered to be the second American skier managed to complete the discipline sweep, joining Bode Miller.
Vonn could do her best this week at Lake Louise, on a hill where she skied quite well. She has 14 podium finishes at the venue, including eight wins as well.
Lindsey also was one of the most photographed faces at Vancouver, warming to the glamor-queen role for commercials.
However, Vonn decided to skip the season-opening World Cup slalom race Sunday to rest a sore back she recently tweaked in training. She is to return to the slopes Tuesday to run downhill training in Lake Louise, Alberta, the site of the next competition.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Thomas and I have begun divorce proceedings,” Vonn said.