Olympic gold-metal winning skiier Lindsey Vonn found out she owes the government $1,700,000 in back taxes for the year she won that gold. Lindsey is now going through a divorce from her husband, Thomas Vonn who was also her tainer and mentor, and she posted a statement on Facebook talking about the money and the lesson learned:
I am disappointed with this situation. I just recently became aware of the outstanding balance and I have done everything in my power to settle it immediately. The money owed was for the 2010 tax year, which was filed on time, and it has been paid in full. This is an important lesson for me. Not being in control of my finances and relying on someone else who you believed had your best interest at heart was a mistake and one I will not make twice.
I think Lindsey makes a good point and jersey girls, and we can all learn from her mistake. No, the mistake was not in falling in love, or even sharing her life (including her finances) with her husband. The mistake she made was giving up total control of her finances to the point that she was unaware of what was going on. While many married women leave the financial responsibility to their husbands, it does not mean that they are unaware of what is happening with their finances.
Lindsey is a great skiier, athlete and she’s always involved in giving back through charity.
The lesson here: charity begins at home.
A lesson we can all be reminded of. Thanks Lindsey.