Olympic Skier Lindsey Settles $1.7 Million IRS Debt

By Marian Hinton

For Olympic and World Cup skiing champion, Lindsey Vonn, the past few years have been bittersweet.

After winning Olympic gold in Vancouver in 2010, Vonn went on to have a record-setting racing season in early 2012, the best of any female skier in the history of the World Cup, winning twelve events and capturing her fourth overall women’s title.

Her popularity catapulted her to superstar status, gaining endorsement deals from companies such as Under Armor, Red Bull, Rolex and Kohl’s, and all seemed to be right in the 27-year-old  skiing sensation’s world.

But sadly, things aren’t always what they seem, and behind the scenes Vonn’s world was falling apart.

Vonn and her husband are currently in the midst of what she calls a “messy” divorce. In October, the couple decided to end their marriage of four years. Complicating matters, her estranged husband, Thomas, wasn’t just her spouse-he was also her coach, manager, and equipment guru. The two have not spoken in months.

Beyond the heartbreak Vonn has to be feeling from the break-up, she was recently informed that her finances were not in order.

According to TheDetriot News, on April 2, the IRS informed Vonn and her soon-to-be-ex husband that they owe $1,705,437 in back taxes from 2010.

That’s quite a bit of money for anyone.

To her credit, Vonn promptly took care of her debt, and responded with the following statement released on her Facebook page:

“I am disappointed with this situation. I just recently became aware of the outstanding balance and I have done everything in my power to settle it immediately…and it has been paid in full. This is an important lesson for me. Not being in control of my finances and relying on someone else who you believed had your best interest at heart was a mistake and one I will not make twice.”

Unfortunately, I am sure this was an incredibly tough lesson for Lindsey to learn, especially with all the adversity she’s facing off the slopes, but again, you have to give her credit for taking care of business and fixing her mistakes in a prompt manner.

As far as her divorce, Vonn recently told the New York Times, “I feel like things are getting better. It’s tough to go through a divorce no matter what, no matter who you are. But sometimes, you have to do the hard thing. I took responsibility for my life and for my happiness, but I’m a better person for it. I want to be happy, and I am.”

The skiier has recently been linked to the New York Jets’ new quarterback, Tim Tebow, but the two just insist that they are simply friends.



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