Ski racer Lindsey Vonn makes Time magazine ‘100 Most Influential’ list

Ski racer Lindsey Vonn makes Time magazine ‘100 Most Influential’ list

Time magazine named alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn as one of the “100 most influential people in the world” in its annual list released on Thursday. Vonn, 28, was listed in the “icons” section of the list.

The other categories of titans, leaders, artists, pioneers included names such as President Obama, Jay Z, Jennifer Lawrence and Pope Francis. Along with Vonn, the other names from the sports world were soccer player Mario Balotelli, tennis player Li Na, NBA player LeBron James and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart.

Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup winner, earned a place on the list despite a severe knee injury in February that ended her most recent season. She gained recent mainstream attention when she started dating golfer Tiger Woods. Although Woods was named to the list in 2009, he was not included in the 2013 picks.

The magazine enlists another prominent person to write the bio for each selection. Auto racer Danica Patrick wrote Vonn’s profile. “We can relate to each other because our sports are so similar, given the speed involved and the concentration level required,” Patrick wrote. “There’s an immediate level of respect when you meet someone who knows what you go through.”


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