ASPEN, Colo. - Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn and her husband of four years are calling it quits.
Vonn confirmed Sunday night that she and Thomas Vonn have started divorce proceedings. Her husband also serves as her chief adviser.
Lindsey Vonn said in a statement provided to The Associated Press that ''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.''
Vonn elected to skip a World Cup slalom race Sunday to rest a sore back. She plans to return to the slopes Tuesday for a downhill training run in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Thomas Vonn said in an email to The AP that he filed for divorce last Monday.
The couple were married Sept. 29, 2007.