Sport: Alpine Skiing
Highlights: Most successful American skier in history; Won 4 overall World Cup Championships, 3 consecutive from 2008-2010; 5 consecutive World Cup Downhill season titles, 4 conscutive in Super G, and 3 in (alpine) Combined; Gold medal in Downhill, 2010 Winter Olympics (first American woman); 57 World Cup race wins through Dec 2012, 3rd all-time; 2010 Laureus World Sports Award Sportswoman of the Year
Quote: "Setbacks motivate me."
Fact: Rumored to be dating Tiger Woods.
AT50 Point Total: 51
Lindsey Vonn is, in short, the most decorated female American athlete in the history of alpine skiing. She is one of only two women to win four overall World Cup Championships, and one of six to have won races in all five disciplines of World Cup skiing. And don’t forget her 2010 Olympic gold medal in the women’s downhill—the first American ever to win that event. Her success has made her an alpine skiing icon, especially in the U.S. where she is adored by the media and the public alike. Sadly, her ambitions for 2013 were recently shattered when she crashed in the Super-G at the Alpine World Championships in Austria. She tore two ligaments in her knee and fractured her tibia, but still has high hopes for the Winter Games in Sochi next year.