Lindsey Vonn's advice to women in sports: 'Silence your haters with success'
Every athlete faces criticism at one point or another. It's the nature of the job. But for female athletes, the comments can quickly cross a line.
Even those at the highest level face backlash, including U.S. National Women's Soccer Team players, who are fighting to receive pay equal to that of their male counterparts, and Serena Williams, who was recently asked if she would put aside her celebrity and fight for equality to focus more on tennis.
As trying as it can be at times, former Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn said that women in sports – including the USWNT and Williams – can best silence their critics by simply continuing to win.
"Women just need to keep doing what they're doing," Vonn told AOL.com courtesy of Red Bull. "Keep working hard and keep winning. That's the best way to have your voice be heard. Silence your haters with success."
Players on the USWNT are among those currently receiving the harshest criticism. In addition to the gender discrimination lawsuit they filed against U.S. Soccer, co-captain Megan Rapinoe became the target of jabs from President Donald Trump after she stated she would not visit the White House should her team win the World Cup.
"You can't argue with the numbers," Vonn said after the team's World Cup win. "Women's soccer had more viewership than the men and they're still not getting paid what they should get paid. Honestly, they should be making more if they're getting more viewers."
Vonn herself is among the best female athletes of all time. She's one of only two female skiers to win four World Cup championships and was the first American woman to win Olympic gold in downhill skiing.
The 34-year-old announced her retirement from competitive skiing in early 2019, but is currently working on multiple projects, including a memoir and beauty line.