Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Vonn and her husband of four years, Thomas Vonn, are divorcing.
Lindsey confirmed the divorce in a statement furnished to The Associated Press on November 27. Describing this as "an extremely difficult time," she asked the media to respect her privacy and asserted her intention to compete throughout the remainder of the season. She said she will continue to be coached by the U.S. Ski Team.
The couple married in September 2007. Thomas Vonn, nine years older than Lindsey, is a former U.S. Olympic skier who helped his wife manage her media appearances and facilitated other logistics before and after she achieved stardom by winning a gold and bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
While the AP described Thomas as a "rock" in Lindsey's life, the source also reported that the marriage allegedly caused tension between Lindsey and her father, who have been estranged for a number of years.
Lindsey has 42 World Cup victories, placing her fourth on the all-time list, and recently equaled Bode Miller's feat of winning a race in each of the five Alpine disciplines, according to the AP.
The media scrutiny faced by the Vonns might be unusual, but the emotional turmoil Lindsey referred to in her statement to the AP is certainly not unusual among divorcing couples.