Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn was born Lindsey Kildow on October 18, 1984, and grew up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Vonn was skiing by the time she was 2 years old and began training soon after. When Vonn was 11, the family relocated to Vail, Colorado so Vonn could receive exclusive training at Ski Club Vail. During her time in Vail she was homeschooled. She describes the experience as wonderful, but sometimes regretted missing out on the more traditional aspects of American childhood and adolescence. Vonn made her Olympic debut at the age of 17 when she competed in both slalom and combined races in Salt Lake City. Vonn did not medal in those games, and, soon after a bike ride with a fellow skier that left her miles behind and out of breath, Vonn made the decision to drastically revise her training. Vonn has been awarded World Cup honors in each of the 5 disciplines of alpine skiing. Vonn won three consecutive World Cup titles, in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In addition to holding six consecutive World Cup titles in downhill racing, earned from 2009-2012, she also holds 4 consecutive titles in the super giant slalom race, a speed event, which she earned between 2010 and 2012. Due in part to her girl-next-door persona, Vonn received a tremendous amount of media attention, unusual for an alpine skier, making her arguably the most recognized participant of the sport in the United States. Vonn won the gold medal for downhill skiing in the 2010 Winter Olympics.