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Lindsey Vonn and her husband announce divorce

Lindsey and Thomas Vonn attend the Women of the Year awards on Nov. 8, 2010, in New York. Getty Images

(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.

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