Lindsey Vonn and her husband announce divorce

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Lindsey Vonn and Thomas Vonn attend the 20th annual Women of the Year awards at Carnegie Hall on November 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thomas Vonn
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Lindsey and Thomas Vonn attend the Women of the Year awards on Nov. 8, 2010, in New York.
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(CBS) Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn and her husband Thomas Vonn are getting divorced after four years of marriage.

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The 27-year-old Olympic gold medalist told The Denver Post, "It is with great sadness that I announce that Thomas and I have begun divorce proceedings. 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. I will continue to be coached by the U.S. Ski Team and look forward to competing the rest of the season."

Thomas, 35, is a former Olympic skier, who also served as Lindsey's coach.

Lindsey didn't attend the season-opening World Cup slalom Sunday due to a minor back injury. She's expected to hit the slopes Tuesday for a downhill training run in Lake Louise, Alberta.

The couple tied the knot in Deer Valley, Utah, in September 2007.