Vonn tells People magazine she suffered depression

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  • Updated: December 15, 2012 - 1:10 AM
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NEW YORK — Skiing star Lindsey Vonn revealed to People magazine that she struggled with depression, and was prescribed an antidepressant to treat the condition.

In the latest issue of the magazine, the 28-year-old Burnsville native said that in 2008, "I couldn't get out of bed. I felt hopeless, empty, like a zombie. I couldn't even cry any more."

Her then-husband, Thomas Vonn, encouraged Lindsey to seek treatment and she went to see a doctor. She described in the interview how it seemed her life was perfect but "behind the scenes, it was a struggle."

Vonn told the magazine that she is happier these days. "All the parts of my life are finally in sync," she said. "I accept who I am, and I'm moving forward."

Her spokesman, Lewis Kay, told the Associated Press on Friday that Vonn had no further comment on her struggle with depression.

She was not available after her bid for a fifth straight victory in speed events at World Cup competition ended Friday with a crash in Val d'Isere, France.

Last month, the four-time overall World Cup champion had an intestinal illness that landed her in the hospital in Vail, Colo.

Vonn told the AP recently that she plans to make another plea to the International Ski Federation to compete in a men's downhill race next season. Her request to compete against the men this year was rejected by FIS in November.

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