Lindsey Vonn recently tweeted out “I’m single because I only have eyes for the Olympics”. While that may make sense when you consider what is at stake for her, it may make her recent ex-boyfriend Kenan Smith even more sad. Imagine losing one of the most beautiful women on the planet to a sporting event. That can not feel too good for the ego.
The two dated for a year but ended things in November. While Smith may want to move on and forget about her, that may be a lot harder to do when you consider Vonn’s face is going to be plastered everywhere for the foreseeable future. The winter Olympics are going to be upon us, and because of that Vonn is sure to be front and centre for the celebration of winter athletes.
One of the best American skiers of all-time, Vonn has an impressive track record that includes multi-million dollar endorsement deals and more accolades than we’d be able to list off in one article. Her good looks have also made her the subject of various jaw-dropping photo shoots and her popularity has allowed her social media platforms to surpass into the millions of rabid followers.
Below we have the 15 photos that have the highest chance to the be the best part of your day and explain why Vonn is so beloved. They may also leave Smith wondering if it’s too late to come crawling back!
15. Why They Split
One of the biggest difficulties with dating Lindsey Vonn would be needing to handle her busy schedule. When talking about how her year breaks down, Vonn once stated “In the winter, I’m always in Europe. July and September are New Zealand and Chile camps. I’m always on the road.” Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that her relationship with Smith ended in November, with some sources also stating that “It was amicable and they are still friends. Lindsey is laser-focused on her training for the upcoming Olympics and is leaving the country for several months to start competing.” Despite that, this photo may still make him want to come crawling back. Some people can make long distance relationships work, so there may be hope.
14. Free Samples
Every time the Olympics roll around, there is a new news report about the amount of “fraternizing” that goes on at the Olympic village. For the upcoming games at PyeongChang, it is being reported that 110,000 “wrappers” will be made available for the athletes who are willing to continue their cardio workouts at night after they compete.
This is the most ever handed out at any Winter Olympics but is down from the 450,000 that were given to the Summer athletes at the 2016 games. While Vonn is surely going to be discrete about any potential after-hours activity she might get up to (at least as much as she can be) a single Vonn at the Olympics should surely attract plenty of attention. Maybe Kenan should take up bobsled!
13. Her Thoughts On Tabloid Magazines
Lindsey Vonn knows that part of being an Olympic athlete at the level that she has reached means that she is also going to jump on the radar for tabloid magazines. But just because these magazines love to write about her, doesn’t mean they do their research before they publish their articles. “I won’t lie – I picked up the occasional gossip magazine in the past because I thought that maybe 5 to 10 percent of it was true. Now I think it’s zero percent,” said Vonn when sharing her thoughts on the matter. She also probably isn’t thrilled with paparazzi members snapping photos of her! Despite the animosity, she still manages to always look great for them, which is very kind of her.
12. She Spends 90% Of The Day Working Out
From the outside looking in, it may be easy to be incredibly jealous of the people who get to engage in some cardio with Lindsey Vonn when she isn’t busy training. But when talking about her day, Vonn admitted “Ninety percent of the day is working out. Sometimes I get my nails done and go to the grocery store”. Given the intensity of her workouts, perhaps that doesn’t leave her with too much energy for loving. When looking at this photo of her though, it may be easy to see why Kenan Smith would have probably been easily motivated! All that training definitely paid off as Vonn looks absolutely incredible.
11. Why She Was Drawn To Tiger Woods
Kenan Smith isn’t the only person that has been linked to Lindsey Vonn. Perhaps even more prominent was her relationship with Tiger Woods, which Vonn said intensified in 2013 after she suffered an injury.Tiger Woods is perhaps the most famous (or at least notorious) golfer of all time, and the two formed one of sports’ most famous power couples.
When writing about her connection with Tiger in her book, “Strong Is The New Beautiful”, Vonn wrote “He was a professional athlete, after all, and had undergone similar career-threatening surgeries. I found it soothing to have someone of his caliber understand what I was going through”. What wasn’t so soothing was the fact that Tiger Woods had one of the most checkered histories with relationships of any athlete ever.
10. She Channels Her Life Experiences Into Skiing
Lindsey Vonn has definitely gone through some difficulties in her life. This includes her parents getting divorced when she was still young. When talking about the role of skiing in her life, especially in regards to moments of extreme emotion, Vonn explained “I always channeled what I felt emotionally into skiing – my insecurities, my anger, my disappointment. Skiing was always my outlet, and it worked”.
So if you see Vonn out there skiing even harder than usual, perhaps you know she’s just really thinking about all the events that unfolded in the past year; including the breakup with Kenan. At least she manages to take that negative and perhaps turn it into an Olympic gold medal.
9. Battled A Photo Scandal Involving Woods
Now we don’t know how Kenan Smith and Lindsey Vonn exchanged affection, but when it comes to Tiger Woods and Vonn, it eventually became clear to the public that they didn’t mind engaging in sending very revealing photos back and forth. It appears that the snapchat craze is not just reserved for hormonal teenagers anymore.
Unfortunately, the reason we know this is because leaked photos of Vonn and Woods were released to the public back in 2017. Vonn and Woods quickly threatened legal actions if the photos were not removed immediately. We don’t know if this entry is steamier than the photos sent, but it may make Kenan wish that his phone was lighting up with up-close photos from Lindsey!
8. She Doesn’t Want To Go To The White House
One of the most polarizing topics in America right now is The White House and the circus that has become of the American political landscape. And when you consider Lindsey Vonn is one of, if not, the best skiers in female American history, it’s only natural that she has been asked about her thoughts on the matter.
When talking to CNN, Vonn revealed that she would not accept an invitation to meet with the president at the White House to celebrate a potential victory, adding “No. But I have to win to be invited,” and then second-guessing herself, added “No, actually I think every US team member is invited so no I won’t go”. At least Kenan won’t be missing out on getting a tour of the White House.
7. Expressing Positivity In Her Book
Lindsey Vonn isn’t just an accomplished athlete. She also put the experiences of her life into her book Strong Is The New Beautiful. Included in the book are countless moments of inspiration, including one quote that states “All shapes and sizes are beautiful — the important part is your perception of yourself.” We’re sure Vonn hopes that people who read the book come away with a greater sense of appreciation for who they are as a person and what they’re capable of. Kenan Smith probably wishes that Lindsey would show him the same love she shows herself, but some things just can’t be helped. At least he might have learned to stay positive after spending so much time with her.
6. Why 2010 Was The Best Year of Her Life
Lindsey Vonn has had many tremendous years as a professional athlete. Her most successful year, however, was close to a decade ago.
“For sure, 2010 was the best year I’ve ever had. It couldn’t have gone any better for me. Even if I just won the Olympic gold medal, that would have made it the best year of my career and the best day of my life, period. Winning the World Cup races and the overall title just topped it off,” said Vonn. When talking about the Vancouver games, Vonn also admitted that she left America as a ‘nobody’ but came back to a roaring ovation and newfound status as a celebrity. Similarly, many people did not know who Kenan Smith was until he dated Vonn.
5. How She Prepares To Win
You can imagine Lindsey Vonn has several different techniques that have helped her succeed in the world of professional skiing. When discussing one of them with Sport & Talk, Vonn stated “Visualizing the slopes is something I did when training for Vancouver and I’ve done the same this summer ahead of Pyeongchang. I always run the slope in my mind. It helps a lot and things come automatically to me once I’m racing.” She was also clearly asked to visualize being on the slopes for the above photo! Kenan must miss having a front row seat to the real deal, but we’re sure whoever operated that fan is glad to take his place.
4. What She Loves To Snack On
Lindsey Vonn has admitted in the past that her months can consist up working out for 6-8 hours, 6 days a week. None of that work would be effective if she wasn’t making sure she was also taking care of her body with the food she eats. After all, you don’t become one of the most recognized olympians ever by stuffing your face with potato chips and channel surfing on the TV.
When discussing her diet, Vonn revealed “I snack on fruit and nuts. In the middle of my long workouts, I’ll have a protein shake.” Perhaps if she takes home another Olympic medal she’ll allow herself at least one cheat meal! Maybe Smith was taking her on too many dates to restaurants, and she felt she had to cut him loose to stay in top shape.
3. She’s Even More Motivated Now
When talking about her drive for the current upcoming Olympics with PEOPLE, Vonn stated “Right now, my motivation and drive are five-times more than what they were in Vancouver (Olympics),” and when you consider the attention that she gained following Vancouver, things will only be even crazier if she manages to add to her legacy in PyeongChang.
Which means that potential endorsement deals may become even more lucrative. You may have really missed out Kenan! He makes decent money in the world of football, but it is nowhere near the money that Vonn could be making. He really missed out on boarding the gravy train.
2. Why She Keeps Pushing Herself So Hard
Lindsey Vonn has the money to retire and live comfortably for the rest of her life. But instead, she spends all of her waking hours training to continue improving the incredible legacy that she has already created for herself. Athletes often get forgotten when a new generation comes along, and Lindsey is well aware of that.
When talking about why she continues to push herself, Vonn stated “Records are the only thing that remain of an athlete, the only thing that people will remember. If I want to ensure that people don’t forget me, I can only stop once I’ve set the bar as high as possible for anyone coming after me.” Her fans will also probably be happy to remember this photo of her!
1. The Role Of Social Media
Lindsey Vonn looks tremendous on the course, but that’s not the only place people can go and check her out on a regular basis. Over 1 million people follow her on Instagram and Facebook. You can imagine that number is going to increase even more if she ends up finding success at the upcoming Olympic games.
Vonn has elaborated on the impact of social media and the sport of racing, saying in an interview “Facebook and Twitter have changed how people follow ski racing. In past Olympics, you couldn’t stay in touch with the fan base that followed you during the Olympics. They thought they had to wait four years to reconnect.”
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