Lindsey Vonn, a former World Cup alpine ski racer for the U.S. Ski Team, posted a series of photos encouraging body positivity.
Vonn is an overall skiing icon. She has won four World Cup championships and has also won gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in the downhill category. She is one of six women that has won a World Cup race in all five categories of alpine skiing: downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined.
Lindsey Vonn has had several injuries during her career. She eventually announced her retirement from the sport in 2019, citing her injuries as the reasoning. Vonn started hosting a reality competition series called “The Pack” last year.
Vonn posted several bikini photos with the caption, “You can judge me if you want, but I’ve been working hard in the gym and taking care of me…. so I’m going to post some bikini pics because I’m proud of myself.”
People in the comments were incredibly loving of Vonn. Michael Strahan wrote, “Do u boo!” Meanwhile, many fans left comments such as, “Get it lady! You look healthy and happy.”
The former Olympic athlete is currently on vacation but still wanted to show people just how much hard work she’s been putting her body through. Her photos also feature her sister Karin Kildow and some of her other friends out on the beach.
Vonn also shared a workout routine on her Instagram. She does some weighted squats on camera in a beautiful gym overlooking the water. It may be vacation time, but Vonn isn’t using that as an excuse to skip her normal routine.
Lindsey Vonn on Body Image
Besides the strength that comes from lifting weights and getting in shape, Vonn finds comfort in growing more mentally powerful and strong.
“I just like pushing myself. I like feeling strong, and when I feel physically strong, I feel so much more mentally strong. When I work out, I feel like I’m healthier and more confident. I’ve achieved something, no matter how small,” Lindsey Vonn told Women’s Health Magazine.
In the past, Vonn says she has really struggled with body image issues. She said that she would compare herself to other athletes on red carpets. Vonn started to focus on her weight more than her sport and didn’t like that direction in her life. She expressed just how much the world seems to zero in on weight and appearance.
“I have to prioritize my skiing and not the way I look … with everything on social media I feel like there’s a want to be perfect, but none of us are. I’m an athlete and I use my body for my sports, but I am nowhere near perfect…we should all just be more accepting of each other and not strive for this impossible version of perfect that no one is.”
Back in November 2020, Vonn told People magazine that she is “finally in a really confident and happy place” after years of struggling with body image. She has also faced body shamers on social media, who she now openly calls out.
“The pandemic taught me to love myself. It also taught me that we need to love each other. There’s so much hate in the world, and we need to support each other. Who cares if you have cellulite or you have wrinkles? You don’t need hair extensions or Botox or injections, just be yourself. With my dogs, they love me no matter what, and that’s how we should treat other humans. That’s just how I see it,” Lindsey Vonn said.
Vonn is now trying to spread positive messages of self-acceptance and body love on her social media platforms.