Archive for December, 2011
It was an absolutely spectacular day in Beaver Creek today. Lindsay Vonn skied and won the first women’s World Cup Super Giant Slalom held on the Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek, Colorado. This is typically the men’s course but the women were rerouted here due to a lack of snow in France.
I was lucky enough to be working security in the finish area and watched the race. What was amazing about Lindsay’s run was that she actually won the race on the bottom third of the hill, a section where no other racers seemed to pick up speed.
Lindsay started well, fell behind, but was fast going into the flats. Honestly, we all thought Lindsay had lost the race at that point.
Somehow, she picked up speed and finished in 1st place. Amazing. I guess that is what makes her the best woman skier in the world.
Afterward she graciously attended all the interviews (see the photo below). There were hordes of kids and adults waiting for her after the interviews for autographs. The photos below show the kids waiting and Lindsay working her way down the line signing the autographs. What a world-class athlete and human being.
- Vonn wins super-G in Colorado (cbc.ca)
By Ruth Mantell
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