On this weekend’s episode of In Depth with Graham Bensinger Lindsey Vonn discusses the loneliness she felt after leaving racing, and the reason she had to move from her long-time home of Vail, Colo. She also discusses her relationship with Mikaela Shiffrin and the state of U.S. skiing, among other topics.

On Mikaela Shiffrin

Vonn: You know, I repeatedly, you know, tried to, you know, we, we always help each other with our course reports and I think I just, uh, I don’t, we didn’t have a challenging relationship. She just, she had her own thing and she didn’t really wanna be involved or have my help or have anyone’s help for that matter…


I mean everyone has their own approach and hers is different from anyone else’s, and that’s why maybe she’s successful. Um, but I also think as a professional athlete and, you know, someone who’s the greatest of all time, it’s your responsibility to help others. Like you’re in a role that you could positively impact so many people and I don’t feel like that’s being utilized in the way that it could be.

On being in an interracial relationship

Vonn: I think there are conversations involved with race that are very difficult. Um, there’s not always a clear answer or a clear path to understanding…I’ll never be able to walk in PK’s shoes. And so, um, I try to learn as much as I can from him and from others and educate myself as much as possible

Vonn: It adds another layer of complication… I think the main thing is educating each other and, um, you know, really being willing to understand and open your mind up and I’ve gotten a lot of hate and I get myself a lot of trolls that really like to take pretty big digs at me.

On divorce

On family sacrifice

On her foundation

Additional segments of the interview are available here.


  1. So, Shiffrin never needed Vonn`s help. Is that a problem? Shiffrin is a prodigy who developed faster than any ski racer in history. Obviously, Lindsey is struggling with the subject of race in the USA. She is correct, that race in America is a very difficult subject, because of everyone’s biases. Objective communication on the subject of race has been made much more difficult and polarized by social media manipulation. Humans are subjective and biased creatures, by nature. The origin of our biased cognition is evolutionary. Its genetically encoded in our psychology. “In Group” bias is virtually universal human nature, and thats includes virtually every one and all groups. Bias is not just a white persons trait. Persons of color are just as biased and subjective, as white persons. Apparently, people`s attitudes ideologies and biases are socially contagious, reinforced by their peer group associations. Social media is the carrier of ideological contagion. The Chinese Communist are using these science theories to social engineer their society to dampen sociopathic behavior. Chinese wisdom holds that “a month of tyranny is preferable to a day of anarchy”. Ethic bias is very social disruptive and complicating. Bias is undermining our society, which is based on peoples belief that they system is fair

  2. Ever get the feeling that SR’s ladies are attempting to introduce drama and hyperbole to resurrect numbers? Next they’ll even close the comments section ;-p

  3. The comments about Mikaela are inaccurate and misleading. Mikaela has raised nearly $3 million to directly athletes support snow sport athletes impacted by Covid. Mikaela’s roots are as a technical skier who has developed into one of the world’s leading speed skiers. I know she has offered course reports and direct input into the racing of our tech athletes. As she has become more comfortable with speed, she has also worked with her teammates. I also don’t understand the point of LV making such statements in light of the losses experienced by the Shiffrin family. It seems to be mean spirited and unnecessary. Lindsey Vonn is clearly a gifted athlete who has contributed so much to our sport. With her longevity and women’s world cup leading victories. she is also most likely the current GOAT. However, Mikaela’s rapid rise and her rising skill across the disciplines certainly hail her as a looming and probable candidate for the next GOAT, a title that I am sure means more to the public than to her. I admire her intelligence, humility, and generous spirit. I hope during these difficult times she can continue to inspire and motivate us through her remarkable performances on and off the race course.

  4. Shiffrin is a US ski team money pit. No dev for other athletes when you have 10 coaches and 10 million into those coaches. Shiffrin sucks

  5. judging by the green grass, this interviewed was taped well before the Shiffrin Resilience fund was launched. I found the interview very interesting and covered way more than the Shiffrin piece. Also Vonn was referring to a sports illustrated article from several years ago, which imo was a bit early to crown Shiffrin. Maybe Shiffrin will continue to grow as a team leader but for the many years that Shiffrin has dominated technical skiing, the rest of the team was not pulled up whereas you look at Women’s speed and you see the impact of team leadership from Vonn and other veterans (Stacey Cook etc..) pulling up the standard of the whole squad. in fact, my understanding is that generally speaking Shiffrin has not traditionally trained with the other technical skiers even when she was not doing all the events. Anyways, it is striking that the community wants to pit Vonn vs. Shiffrin when this was an hour plus interview that covered a lot of stuff. What I can assuredly say is that the US ski team and Shiffrin as its mega star do not pursue the Norwegian model of team. same for Vonn and Bode at times etc.. and likely to the detriment of development of the whole. Star based not team based

  6. How lucky are we, as a nation, to have multiple GOATS? We do, and their accomplishments are unassailably impressive. The problem is that we have nothing in between them when the private team model takes over. This is the very large elephant in the room, and it’s not going to go away by ignoring it or engaging in social media wars. Some of the comments above address it, and I think Christin Cooper put it well in Development Through the Ages: What Went Right, Part 2 : “…We’ve gotten into this period where athletes last longer, but in order to last longer they need an alternative to the ski team life. But that alternative comes at a cost, to the athlete perhaps, who misses out on camaraderie and the gratification of giving back, and to the team, who loses all that experience and leadership.” If we want to be a force internationally, as a team, we need to be on the same team in figuring this out.


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