One Colorado skier plans to bring home the gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Canada, at Whistler Mountain. Lindsey Vonn is a two-time World Cup Overall champion, who competes in all five disciplines: Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Super Combined. Vonn lives in Vail and represents the five Vail-owned resorts of Vail: Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone in Colorado, as well as Heavenly in California. The Vail community gathered recently for a fall send-off for Vonn.
Vonn moved to Vail in the late '90s, from Minnesota, to pursue her ski racing career. She went on to achieve huge success nationally and then internationally, after her early years with Ski & Snowboard Club of Vail. She has stood on the World Cup podium 47 times, and taken four World Championships medals.
She has competed in the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games, earning the U.S. Olympic Committee's "Olympic Spirit" award. That's after overcoming a horrendous crash in a training run prior to the Torino, Italy, Downhill event. She competed while injured, and still finished eighth in the Downhill and seventh in the Super G.
Watch this Vail skier proudly this winter and know that she'll soon be home to Colorado to share her winning spirit. You'll probably find her cycling and playing tennis, as well as free skiing in Vail's legendary Back Bowls.