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Lindsey Vonn To Divorce, Will Keep Married Name

11/29/2011 08:04 AM ET

Lindsey Vonn Divorce - Lindsey Vonn will keep her married name even after the divorce. The Olympic gold medalist skier has confirmed the rumors that the couple have split after four years of marriage. Thomas Vonn, who told The Associated Press he filed for divorce last week, will no longer have a role as her chief adviser on and off the slopes.

“This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter,” she said in a statement to the AP on Sunday night.

She was known as Lindsey Kildow before marrying on Sept. 29, 2007. And although she had success before her marriage, she reached superstar status over the last few years and became one of the few Winter Olympians to parlay her success in sports into lucrative endorsements and celebrity status.

This summer, Vonn won the best female athlete category at the ESPY Awards.

While in Los Angeles for the ceremony, she rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, taking photos with Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and singer Justin Bieber.

She added in her statement that she will continue to be coached by the U.S. team and looks forward to competing the rest of the season.

Lindsey skipped the season-opening World Cup slalom Sunday after slightly injuring her back during training. She plans to return to the slopes Tuesday for a downhill training run in Lake Louise, Alberta, the site of the next competition.

Vonn became one of the faces of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, winning a gold medal in the downhill and a bronze in the super-G — all on a badly bruised shin.

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