Every athlete faces criticism at one point or another. It’s the nature of the job. But for female athletes, the comments can quickly cross a line.
Even those at the highest level face backlash, including U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team players, who are fighting to receive pay equal to that of their male counterparts, and Serena Williams, who was recently asked if she would put aside her celebrity and fight for equality to focus more on tennis.
As trying as it can be at times, former Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn said that women in sports – including the USWNT and Williams – can best silence their critics by simply continuing to win.
“Women just need to keep doing what they’re doing,” Vonn told AOL.com courtesy of Red Bull. “Keep working hard and keep winning. That’s the best way to have your voice be heard. Silence your haters with success.”
A day in Lindsey Vonn’s life looks much different today than it used to.
The former Olympic skier and one of the most decorated female athletes of all time announced her retirement over the winter after toying with the idea for several months.
“I thought about it and talked about it last fall,” she told AOL.com of her ultimate decision to retire. “I was getting really tired of having surgeries. I had two surgeries just last summer alone.”
It was an injury in November that really sealed the deal for Vonn, who says she was “literally being held together” by her knee braces while she was on the slopes after tearing her LCL. After the 2019 World Championships in Sweden, where she took home a bronze medal, she called it a career.
“I had a lot of grand plans to have an amazing last season, but not everything works out the way you think it’s going to or the way you hope it’s going to,” she said. “I did the best I could with the hand I was dealt.”