‘Still standing when she was down’: Arnold Schwarzenegger once gave Lindsey Vonn the ultimate two-word crown


In the 1970s, bodybuilding became Arnold Schwarzenegger’s playground. The iconic bodybuilder won the Mr. Olympia title six times in a row, and no one could match his chiseled physique and muscular muscles. The Austrian had become an all-time great in the sport.

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Years later, an American named Lindsey Vonn hit the ski slopes. And just like Arnold, she made the ski slopes her playground. Vonn quickly became the best in her field, racking up victories and records. A few years ago, the two legends met at an awards ceremony where the bodybuilder-actor held the skier in high regard.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger had the best compliment for Lindsey Vonn

In 2020, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lindsey Vonn met at a special awards ceremony. Vonn was honored for her life’s work, on and off the ski slopes. And Schwarzenegger was chosen to honor the beautiful Minnesota skier. The actor-bodybuilder highly praised her for the lifetime achievement award.

Referring to one of his most iconic roles, Arnold said, “She’s the female terminator.” But that was not all. Arnold also complimented the fighting spirit within Lindsey and her “never give up” attitude. “She always got up when she was in bed. Winners rise when they fall, losers stay down. She’s a big winner. Arnold also said he wasn’t just celebrating athlete Lindsey Vonn.

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Vonn holds the record for most World Cup wins with 82 victories to his name. Apart from this, Lindsey also helps young girls achieve their dreams through her foundation. This aspect of Vonn inspired Schwarzenegger, and he celebrated this side of Vonn. Lindsey joked about not returning to the ceremony in reference to Arnold’s films, as she said, “I will not come back.”

Schwarzenegger also works for the betterment of children

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Of the many hats Arnold has donned over the years, one has also been that of a philanthropist. The former Governor of California made significant efforts to help children in their studies.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 18: Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to kick off the Run for the Kids charity run as part of the Arnold Sports Festival Australia at Alexander Gardens on March 18, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The “Austrian Oak” launched the “After-School All-Stars” program. It aims to help often neglected school children stay in school as a reward. After school is over, there are various activities they can participate in afterwards. Arnold once paid $20,000 to ship an Austrian army tank to the United States. This program offered children who were affiliated with it the opportunity to ride in Arnold’s chariot. Students who wish to be part of the program do not have to pay any fees to register.

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Having enjoyed success and earned a lot of money throughout his life, it’s only fitting that Arnold puts it to good use for others. Such acts testify to his generosity and benevolent nature.

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