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Episode 33: Lindsey Vonn    

Episode 33: Lindsey Vonn

Welcome to episode thirty-three of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the World Cup alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn hosted by Madhappy co-founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we talk to Lindsey about her experience with depression and how ski racing culture impacted her mental health throughout her career.

We kick off the episode with a discussion about competition and how Lindsey used adrenaline plus her love for speed to ultimately succeed in the ski world (10:04). Lindsey then shares more about her childhood and how her family’s move from Minnesota to Colorado generated internal pressure (18:39) and affected her relationships with her siblings (20:51). 

Next, Lindsey opens up about her first, conscious experiences with depression and explains why she kept it a secret from her family and friends (23:26) before sharing the inspiration behind her newly released book, “Rise: My Story” (29:18). 

Mason, Peiman, and Lindsey then discuss how Lindsey’s first major injury (33:59), coupled with the fame that followed her winning her first gold medal (26:05), changed the trajectory of her life and career after retirement. We wrap up the episode hearing the story and emotions behind Lindsey’s last Olympic run in 2019 (45:49).  

Listen to episode thirty-three of The Madhappy Podcast below:

We talk about some serious topics on this show. We are not professionals and are not giving advice. If you or someone you know needs help, please text start to 741741, and for additional resources, please visit LocalOptimist.com/Get-Help. The Madhappy Podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a replacement for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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