Lindsey Vonn Shares Powerful Message Alongside the Sweetest Childhood Skiing Snaps

Speaking from experience, the Olympic athlete encouraged parents to help their kids achieve their dreams.
Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn.

Lindsey Vonn didn’t reach the biggest stage in sports without a lot of hard work and dedication. Her handful of Olympic appearances and medals were due, in large part, to her willingness to cultivate her skills on the ski slope.

But they were also due to the work of her parents. Vonn grew up in Minnesota, a far journey from the mountains of Colorado where she trained. But with the help of her parents, she had the chance to travel and eventually move out west for the sake of pursuing her passion.

These days, Vonn is known not only for her incredible alpine skiing career, but also for the important work she does to give back to young girls from underserved communities through the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. Girls who might, like the 39-year-old, have their eyes set on the Olympics, or who just want a chance to compete on their home field. Her latest empowering message on Instagram was perfectly in-line with her foundation’s underlying goal—to help young women achieve their dreams.

Alongside a few snaps from her childhood and professional skiing days, Vonn offered a piece of her story. “I’m just a girl with a dream…From Buck Hill, Minnesota to the top of the highest mountains… I’ve been through my fair share of ups and downs but it was all worth it,” she wrote. “Parents, please believe in your kids. Encourage them, show them how to get back up when they fall and remind them that anything is possible… because you never know where their journey will take them 🩵.”

If her own experience says anything, its that hard work—coupled with the support of your family (and others)—is the key to finding success.

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.