It was another stellar year for the superlative Lindsey Vonn who has been the dominant women’s skier for three years. In 2010 she proved herself to be one of the greatest skiers of all time after another brilliant season.
The daredevil American won her third straight overall World Cup in 2009/10, and also won the Olympic Downhill gold medal in Vancouver in February – the first American woman to do so – despite nearly missing the Winter Olympics because of injury.
Just days before the Downhill, Vonn revealed she had a shin injury which was giving her considerable pain. Due to unseasonably warm weather and poor snow conditions, many of the Alpine skiing events were moved back, giving Vonn additional time to recover. Being a true champion, she made the most of this opportunity and won the gold medal, beating US rival Julia Mancuso by 0.56 seconds.
Sportswoman of the Year 2011

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