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After four years of marriage, Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is back on the market. The 27-year-old skier has begun divorce proceedings with her husband Thomas, Yahoo! reports.

"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," Lindsey said in a statement. "[I will] continue to be coached by the U.S. ski team and look forward to competing the rest of the season."

Thomas, a former Olympic skier himself, serves as his wife's chief adviser and schedule organizer. Their relationship caused a rift between Lindsey and her father Alan Kildow, due in part to their nine-year age difference. Kildow -- who was replaced by Thomas as Lindsey's coach and mentor -- was not invited to their September 29, 2007 wedding.

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Lindsey is one of five women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing: Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super. The Minnesota native -- who won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics -- has won 42 races in her career.