Let me start off this hot take by saying I'm not an Olympic historian by any means nor do I claim to be. However, I do know greatness when I see it. Lindsey Vonn, is not greatness. Lindsey Vonn is a very talented athlete and one of the best Americans ever in the ski game. To refer to her as this all time Olympic athlete though, is utterly ridiculous. When you think of great Olympic athletes you think of the likes of Jesse Owens, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bruce Jenner, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Shaun White, Bonnie Blair, Apollo Ohno and Shannon Miller. Those are Olympic icons and there's many more that I didn't list that I would put before Lindsey Vonn. Yet, for some reason Lindsey Vonn has been put up on this pedestal like she should be on the mount Rushmore of Olympic athletes.
Winning a Gold medal is more than most people will ever accomplish. It's something I'll never be able to do so she's definitley got me beat in life right now. With that being said, America is built on a different level of greatness. Winning one, just isn't enough. When there's countless amazing athletes for our nation that have gone out and stood atop the podium several times when she's done it just once, it'd be insane to rule her a top tier Olympic athlete. You need multiple golds and the fact that there has been multiple events where she hasn't even received a medal in general is a blemish on her resume.
I know it sounds like I'm being ultra critical, and well that's because I am. Not every athlete that wins needs to be put into the all time great category. Is Lindsey Vonn a good skier, yes. Is Lindsey Vonn an all time Olympic athlete, hell fucking no. Anyone that thinks that is brainless to be honest. It's not like I'm just making up this narrative that people refer to her as an all timer because Sports Illustrated put out a tweet calling her one of the greatest skiers ever, which is just not true by any stretch. I look like a hater, I'm not, I'm just trying to preserve the value and meaning behind words. Lindsey Vonn crazy talented, probably should've had a more decorated career if it weren't for injuries, nonetheless she didn't. That's just the facts of this situation. Now, let her disappear into the depths of irrelevancy and begin hyping up the next marketable Olympic talent that you sheep can call the greatest ever. Give me a break you hypebeasts.