In an interview with People magazine, US Olympic gold medal-winning skier Lindsey Vonn has recalled her marriage to fellow skier Thomas Vonn.
The pair announced their separation in November last year after four years of marriage. At the time the high profile athlete told the media: “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.”
A year on, Vonn explained to People: “Everyone knows marriage is tough. But it just wasn’t working, and it was making me miserable. Nothing bad happened. But there was just unhappiness. That’s the only way I can even describe it – unhappy.”
She added: “Divorce doesn’t fit my cookie-cutter image. But I got to the point where I said, I don’t care if I ever win another race; I just can’t live like this.”
The Minnesota-born athlete also discussed her struggles with depression, for which she was eventually prescribed antidepressants. “Everyone saw me on TV, or read articles, and it was all about my great marriage, the white picket fence, all this success and my perfect life. But behind the scenes, it was a struggle.”
Vonn won a gold medal in the women’s downhill ski race at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Photo by the U.S. Ski Team via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence