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40 greatest female athletes: Lindsey Vonn

5/29/2012
Jerry Lai/US Presswire

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