Lindsey Vonn: American Skiing Champ Hit with Massive Tax Bill

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterApril 16, 2012

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Lindsey Vonn has attracted legions of fans throughout her career as a world-champion alpine ski racer.

Just don't count the IRS among them.

According to The Detroit News, Vonn owes more than $1.7 million in back taxes from 2010, the year she won gold in the women's downhill at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She's currently in the midst of a divorce with Thomas Vonn, whose relationship dates back to their days as pupil and coach.

The IRS filed the lien of $1,705,437 with the Elko County Recorder in Nevada on April 2.

Much of Vonn's income is the result of a number of lucrative endorsement deals, with sponsors like Red Bull, Rolex, Kohl's, Under Armour and Vail Resorts banking on her massive crossover appeal.

Vonn released a statement on her Facebook page claiming that she would rectify the situation:

I am disappointed with this situation. I just recently became aware of the outstanding balance and I have done everything in my power to settle it immediately. The money owed was for the 2010 tax year, which was filed on time, and it has been paid in full. This is an important lesson for me. Not being in control of my finances and relying on someone else who you believed had your best interest at heart was a mistake and one I will not make twice.

On the slopes, Vonn has been as dominant as ever over the past year. She joined the exclusive club of all-event winners after claiming victory in the giant slalom at Solden, Austria in October, surpassed Renate Gotschl's mark for most wins at one resort with 11 at Lake Louise in December and notched her 50th career win in February on the Kandahar downhill course at Garmisch, Germany.