Ski Slopes to Swimsuits – A Gold Medal relationship

Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn and her husband Thomas Vonn:
Ski Slopes to Swimsuits – A Gold Medal relationship

Anyone watching the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada on the NBC network knows the name Lindsey Vonn. For those of you who aren’t sports fans, Lindsey Vonn is arguably the best female downhill skier in the World. In spite of the fact that she suffered a serious shin injury while training in Austria a few weeks ago, and it seemed doubtful as to whether or not she would be able to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics; on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 Lindsey Vonn not only competed but became the first American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic downhill ski race in Vancouver, Canada.

So what does any of this have to do with relationships? Lindsey Vonn’s husband is credited with playing an extremely significant role in his wife’s success. Thomas Vonn, himself a former Olympic skier often serves as his wife’s coach, advisor, mentor, friend, psychologist and overall stress-reliever for Lindsey. The team effort put forth by Lindsey and Thomas Vonn personify the qualities of what makes a great marriage: support, encouragement, honest advice, cheerleading, a united front and a sense that they are in it together.

Lindsey Vonn has been known to call her husband up to the starting gate prior to a big race to calm her down. She calls and he comes. Lindsey Vonn knows her husband has her back; and whatever comes around the corner, they personify the fact that they are in it together.
Let’s rewind for a moment. Four years ago, in the 2006 Olympic games, Lindsey Vonn suffered a violent crash during a downhill training run, dashing her hopes of winning an Olympic Medal. In the four years following this crash, Vonn has won some of the most prestigious awards in her sport. After winning her second overall World cup title last year, Lindsey Vonn came to New York for an interview with Dick Ebersol, a major NBC sports executive which was held at Rockefeller Center.
Following the crash mentioned above, many have commented on how much more confidence Lindsey has when she skis. And Lindsey would agree with this assessment – while immediately credited her gain of confidence to her husband. And while Lindsey in gaining international fame for her feats upon the ski slope, she is also in a whirl of controversy over her most recent photo on the cover of The 2010 Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Edition – lindseyvonn – sports – illus_n_450438.html
And once again, to no one’s surprise, her husband Thomas is by her side, supporting her unconditionally.
The point of this blog is to show how so much more can be accomplished when a couple works as a team. Whether we are regular folks trying to raise a family or Olympic skiers trying to win gold – you have a distinct and powerful advantage if you have a partner beside you who unconditionally supports, encourages, mentors and loves you.

Dr. Patty Ann

10 thoughts on “Ski Slopes to Swimsuits – A Gold Medal relationship

  1. Sue Painter says:

    I didn’t know the back story about these athletes, but I sure did enjoy reading about it. The constant support of one person has SO much to do with success, not to mention feeling loved. Thank you for your comments and the story, too!
    Sue Painter

  2. JessicaEavesMathews says:

    I love this post — and I agree that Lindsey and her husband have what appears to be an incredible relationship. I loved watching the interview after she won the gold medal — she was being interviewed until the reporter told her that Thomas was nearby. Her face lit up and she said quickly, “Where is he?” She saw him, ran to him and started sobbing in his arms. He held her and told her how proud he was of her. It was such a tender, genuine moment and said volumes about their relationship. Very inspiring. Thanks for the great post!

  3. Phil Dyer says:

    In these days of “practice marriages” and “throw away” relationships…this is so refreshing to see! Thank you so much for sharing this story!

  4. JessicaEavesMathews says:

    After she won her gold medal, I loved seeing how Lindsey reacted after she learned that Thomas was nearby. She cut off an interview on camera and ran to him, threw her arms around him and started sobbing. He just held her and told her how proud he was of her. It was so sweet. They are clearly a great couple. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing their story!

  5. Christine McIvor says:

    I find that you can get so much more accomplished when you work together as a team. It’s also crucial to have that support system especially when going after big goals like an Olympic gold medal. We can learn so much from Olympic athletes. Thanks for sharing!

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