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Why Lindsey Vonn is still America's most dominant Alpine skier

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Vonn: The fact I was able to compete was a victory in itself (3:19)

ESPN's Wayne Drehs sat down with Lindsey Vonn to discuss her time in Pyeongchang as she says goodbye on her Olympic career. (3:19)

The Olympics have always presented their own unique tests for American skier Lindsey Vonn.

First, there was the 2006 Torino Olympics, where Vonn crashed violently in downhill training and had to be airlifted off the course. The next day, barely able to walk, she finished sixth overall in the downhill event and later received the Olympic Spirit Award.

That determination would set the tone for future Games to come.

Injuries hampered her performance at the 2010 Vancouver Games, where she still medaled twice, and a torn ACL kept her out of Sochi four years later. The Pyeongchang Olympics were supposed to be a redemption tour of sorts, as Vonn again battled back from multiple injuries over the past year and secured bronze in her signature event, the downhill.

And while her World Cup domination hasn't completely translated to the Olympics, the 33-year-old Vonn is arguably the most dominant American skier of all time. If Pyeongchang will indeed be her last Games, here is a look at the numbers behind her impressive career.


Vonn will always have Vancouver

Vonn is still the only American woman to win Olympic downhill gold. And her margin of victory from that Vancouver triumph in 2010 is still the largest among the past six Games.


Her Cup runneth over

Vonn's 1,980 World Cup points in 2011-12 are the second most all-time by any female skier. (Tina Maze had 2,414 in 2012-13, a season when Vonn was injured.) Vonn has two of the top five point totals by a female World Cup champion, and three of the top eight. No other female skier has more than one.


It's all downhill for Vonn

Vonn's dominance stretches across gender: She has the most overall World Cup titles (four) of any American and double those of any who have competed in the 21st century. Her 42 World Cup downhill wins more than quadruple the next most of any American, male or female; all other Americans combined, male and female, have tallied 54 downhill wins.


Vonn, the survivor

Vonn's injury history is a laundry list of misfortunes that would've derailed even some of the toughest athletes. Right MCL and multiple ACL tears, a fractured tibial plateau, a fractured ankle, multiple fractures in her left knee, a severely fractured humerus and acute spinal joint dysfunction. Despite often skiing through injuries or crashing out, Vonn has 81 World Cup wins and 135 World Cup podiums. She also boasts 210 top-10 World Cup finishes, 12 more than the next-highest female skier.

ESPN The Magazine's Dan Hajducky and ESPN Researcher Paul Carr contributed to this report.