40 greatest female athletes: Lindsey Vonn

May, 29, 2012
Lindsey VonnJerry Lai/US PresswireIn February, Lindsey Vonn became the first American -- man or woman -- to win four World Cup overall titles.
ESPN is marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX by unveiling the top 40 female athletes of the past 40 years.

Lindsey Vonn has 53 World Cup victories, an Olympic gold medal and four World Cup overall titles. She needs just 10 more World Cup wins to become the most successful female skier ever.

But what might be most impressive about the No. 19 athlete in ESPN's countdown is her desire to keep on winning.

"She's pushing the limits of what she can do on skis," says Ted Ligety, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in the combined and a three-time World Cup champ in giant slalom. "That's cool to watch. And we'll be watching her for many years."

Read the complete story from espnW here.

Earlier in this series:
No. 40: Diver Fu Mingxia
No. 39: Jockey Julie Krone
No. 38: Gymnast Mary Lou Retton
No. 37: Hockey player Cammi Granato
No. 36: Soccer player Kristine Lilly
No. 35: Basketball player Diana Taurasi
No 34: Volleyball player Flo Hyman
No. 33: Soccer player Abby Wambach
No. 32: Swimmer Mary T. Meagher
No. 31: Marathoner Joan Benoit
No. 30: Sprinter Gail Devers
No. 29: Basketball player Nancy Lieberman
No. 28: Marathoner Grete Waitz
No. 27: Soccer player Michelle Akers
No. 26: Basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw
No. 25: Swimmer Dara Torres
No. 24: Golfer Nancy Lopez
No. 23: Swimmer Tracy Caulkins
No. 22: Soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva
No. 21: Tennis player Venus Williams
No. 20: Figure skater Michelle Kwan



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