Lindsey Vonn Opens Up About Her Personal Struggles

In recent years, athletes have used their spotlight to draw attention to the mental health effects of fame and fortune. Many, including Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, insist on being part of the discussion of mental health. Vonn recently shared her progress so that she can relate to and encourage others undergoing their own struggles.

Vonn went on an interview with Yahoo’s The Unwind to discuss some her struggles with her physical and mental health through injuries, successes, failures and the rest.

“I think there’s a common misconception with athletes that because we’re strong and we stand on the podium that we’re somehow immune to mental health issues,” said Vonn. “I think, on the contrary, it makes us more susceptible to things like that because we are isolated and we oftentimes don’t have a support system for our mental health.”

Lindsey Vonn retired in 2019 as the most decorated women’s skier in the sport’s history. Vonn accumulated 82 World Cup victories and seven World Championships and was equally lauded for coming back to health after a frightening crash in 2013.

Vonn has clearly achieved tremendous feats, and she discusses the rigorous routine that athletes undergo once they dedicate their life to sport. However, she says that many in the media turn a blind eye to the well-being of the athletes and show little sympathy for the mounting pressure they face.

“I’ve been skiing since I was 2 and a half years old, been racing since I was 7. It’s really been the focus of my life for as long as I can remember. After I won the Olympics in 2010, I kind of got bombarded with a lot of negativity that I wasn’t quite equipped to handle, so I definitely struggled with that and struggled with just confidence and body image for a long time.”

She also gave insight on what it’s like to wrap up a historic career.

“You wake up one day and you’re no longer doing what you always did. So as much as I had prepared for it, it still emotionally was really difficult to deal with,” said Vonn.

In an effort to combat the struggles of being an athlete, Vonn works to maintain her body physically, which gives her a positive sense of self.

“My body is my body and it’s helped me succeed in so many ways in life. I’ve always worked out, but I’ve always worked out for a purpose, which is to compete. And now, I work out for my mental health,” she admits. “I feel like, honestly, it helps me more mentally than it does physically and it’s a great way for me to start my day and just to feel really empowered and confident.”

She may no longer train to compete at the Olympics or put in grueling hours of practice on the slopes, but Vonn still hopes to build on her mental wellness through healthy routines and the company of her dogs.

Written by Alejandro Avila

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  1. I think most of this is in relative response to the people talking shit about her body in the last 18 months. Let me ask this: How many of them were straight men complaining about a little of this, a little of that? It’s whatever the checkmark version of Instragram is, women, and gay guys.

    Let’s think about this: You perform at the absolute highest level for more than a decade at a very physical sport, and women talk shit about your thighs, stomach, whatevs? (disclosure, I fully believe social media is toxic, including Outkick, but this keeps me from texting my friends with inane diatribes.)

    This has been pretty consistent throughout womens sport in my knowledge; if you’re skinny and tiny, you’re loved by all women (the butches, the bitches, which I say lovingly), but if you pose a threat by being able to do kettlebell swings with an 80#? They hate the shit out of those girls if they’ve obviously been with men. There is zero percent of this hate from women WRT crossfit girls, softball girls, gymnasts, etc. Everyone can like what they like, and STFU if it’s not their bag. Those mentioned accepted groups don’t post heterosexual pictures, (it’s just all glam, or a bunch of awesome trunks, generally), but Vonn did. That’s why there’s the issue. Which is wildly odd, because she’s slept with the most famous multi-racial dude on the planet.

    Social media from phone apps is a disease. At least “back in the day” you had to go back to your apartment to vent your opinion, which meant I spent more than four seconds thinking about such a comment and the context that should be provided.

  2. If you’d left your wife to be side piece #6 to Pamela Anderson, any random NFL Cheerleader, Shania Twain, Britney, XTina, Reba, etc., I’m sure you’d say the same thing. Leave it to a Canadian from the strip club capital of beautiful women to give Americans lessons in morals (said nobody that’s been to Montreal ever.)

  3. God bless her but I don’t want to hear about mental health issues from the super rich selfie generation.

    These celebrities that do nothing but take selfie’s all day long, only to break from that and give an interview that’s about… shocker, “me.”

    The human body was not conditioned to be so outwardly self absorbed, so you couple that with inviting man after man after man into your bed and shocker… they take what you’re giving and leave… that’s going to magnify self worth issues of a fragile female.

    Honestly these celebrities know deep down that they’re crazy, stupid rich and they don’t really work for a living. That coupled with that they’re conditioned to believe America is this horrible place and they have no way of feeling thankful for all that they’ve been given.

  4. She’s literally another far left hacktivist creating problems for herself to get attention. Leave it to Outkick, who continue to slip more and more into being sellouts, simps, and Romney RINOs, to answer her call to action!! I swear, every day I open this page I see more why Whitlock left.

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