The injuries frustrated his career prematurely and perhaps for that reason, precisely on the day of his 35th birthday, Lindsey Vonn received in Oviedo the reward for the efforts of so many women in the world of sports. The American skier, "a great example - and an incentive - for millions of girls around the world", in the words of King Felipe VI, captured all the attention at the gala held at the Clara Campoamor Theater.
Winner of eight medals in World Championships (two golds, three silver and three bronzes) and three in the Olympic Games (one gold and two bronzes), Vonn is considered the best alpine skier in history. In the ceremony, the King highlighted it as "a paradigm not only of everything that can be achieved with willpower and determination, overcoming difficulties."
Vonn takes over, just a decade after Yelena Isinbayeva, the last woman to pick up the Prince of Asturias. Previously, tennis players Martina Navratilova (1994), Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1998) and Steffi Graf (1999), and athlete Hassiba Boulmerka (1995).
"Opportunities for the future"
"Resistance, bravery, tenacity or strength are inherent to the success of his sports career," said SM Felipe VI, who also did not want to forget his work "in favor of equality, trying to get women to overcome unfair obstacles and oblivious to their abilities and preparation, which they often have to face, and generating for them true opportunities for the future. "
The Vonn service sheet, described as "vertigo", includes the Olympic medals in Vancouver 2010 (gold in decline and bronze in supergiant) and Pyeongchang 2018 (bronze in descent). In addition, she was world champion in descent and supergiant (2009), three times runner-up (2007 and 2011 in descent and 2007 in supergiant) and other times world bronze (2015 in supergiant and in 2017 and 2019 in decline).
He also accumulated 20 Crystal Globes of the World Cup after winning four times the general classification (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012), eight decrease (from 2008 to 2013, 2015 and 2016), five supergiant (from 2009 to 2012, and 2015) and three of the combined (2010-2012).
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