Winter Games Athletes
Lindell-Vikarby has enjoyed an impressive amount of early season success on the 2014 World Cup circuit and enters her third Winter Games as one of Sweden’s top medal hopefuls. She has a 30th birthday to celebrate on the day the games open, and is a serious contender to also be celebrating after the giant slalom. Heading into Sochi, she leads the giant slalom season standings after earning her first career victory in the discipline on Dec. 1, following that up with a pair of second-place finishes later in the month. Her only other World Cup win came in the super-G during the 2009 season, though she’s skied her way to six career podiums. The next logical step for her is finding success in a senior major championship. In addition to the 2006 and '10 Games, Lindell-Vikarby has represented Sweden at six world championships, but she’s yet to medal since winning gold in the giant slalom at the 2003 junior worlds. At the Olympics, she came closest to a podium by placing eighth in the super-combined in Turin. Four years later, she didn’t crack the top 20 in any discipline in Vancouver, finishing 22nd in combined, 26th in super-G, 30th in downhill and 31st in giant slalom. At worlds, she peaked with a sixth in the downhill in 2005 and a seventh in giant slalom in '11.