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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn

How do you inspire the next generation?

My goal to empower and inspire them comes from my own experience when I met Picabo Street, my idol, when I was nine years old. Those two minutes affected, basically the trajectory of my entire life. You know, I, from then on, wanted to be an Olympian. And so, I took that same mentality and tried to create that in my foundation where I hope we can give them the same experience where I'm inspiring them to follow their dreams and I'm also giving them the tools that they need to be able to accomplish that.

What does the Lindsey Vonn Foundation focus on?

We have two-day empowerment camps and they're focused on different skill sets. For example, goal setting and self-confidence. Also, just creating good friendships and how that translates into social media and bullying. We also have scholarships, um, for enrichment programs which can also then, uh, teach them those skills as well.

Best piece of advice?

I think the best advice I can give you is just to continue to work hard. Set your goals, um, high, and, but something that's attainable and work backwards from there. There are definitely steps that you need to take to get there. Just keep working and everything will happen the way it's supposed to.

Who inspires you?

Billy Jean King has definitely been a woman that's inspired me. Um, I've been trying to compete against the men in a single race for the last five years now. Um, Billy Jean obviously was an incredible inspiration and trend setter. You know, she broke a lot of barriers and, uh, did a lot for women in sports. So, she is a huge inspiration to me. And we've recently talked about my ambition to race against men. And she's such an amazing role model for me, even at the age of 33.

Overview

Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn discusses her work empowering young people through The Lindsey Vonn Foundation and who she sees as a role model.