The sports world is sending its thoughts and prayers to Lindsey Vonn and her family this week.
The retired ski racer announced Saturday that her mother, Linda Lindy Anne Lund, had died after losing her year-long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
“My sweet mother Lindy has lost her battle with ALS. She passed away peacefully as I held her hand, exactly one year after her diagnosis. I am so grateful for every moment I had with her but I am also thankful that she is no longer suffering and in peace. She was a shining light that will never fade and I will forever be inspired by her.
If you’d like to make a donation to ALS research in my Mother’s name, please go to the link in my bio,” she wrote.
Vonn had made an Instagram post in July celebrating her mother’s strength and resilience a year after her initial diagnosis.
“Since having a stroke while giving birth to me, my Mom has been the picture of strength and more specifically, resilience,” Vonn wrote at the time. “She has always given me the will to keep fighting back whenever I had an injury or obstacle in skiing and in life. Now she is exuding that resilience more than ever before. There are good days and there are bad days but every day we have with her is a great day.”
The ski racer said her family had all come together to help Lund, which “has been a testament to the person and mother she is.”
In June, Vonn was inducted into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame and dedicated her acceptance speech to her mother.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.