Lindsey Vonn, the new superstar of American skiing, captured her third consecutive World Cup overall title today by winning the super G at the World Cup Finals in Garmisch, Germany. The World cup overall title is considered the highest honor in ski racing, as it reflects excellence across all disciplines throughout the entire season.
Could Lindsey Vonn be the new face of professional sports? And she's not done for the season: Though Vonn crashed in today's GS race in Germany, she could win her record third-straight overall World Cup title with a top-seven finish in Friday's super G.
Unless you are a ski racing fan, chances are you had never even heard of Lindsey Vonn until two months ago. Today, as Lindsey’s stylish, well-coifed marketing machine rolls across network airtime, other Olympians can only hold up their hands in surrender.
Skiing's World Cup finals are starting this week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and you'll never guess who's the big favorite for the women's overall. Perhaps you've heard of her: 2010 Olympics gold- and bronze-medalist, already a two-in-a-row World Cup overall winner, has about 30-odd career World Cup wins... That's right, we're talking about a certain Ms. Lindsey Vonn.
Lindsey Vonn is one hot item these days, from the front of Sports Illustrated to Jay Leno's hot seat to coffee-klatching with Ellen DeGeneres—while skiing to one gold and one bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games in between. But her latest appearance, in mid-turn on the cover of a Wheaties box, seems appropriate. After all, General Mills has been featuring world-class athletes on boxes of Wheaties cereal since Lou Gehrig in 1934. Vonn's not the only Vancouver star taking her turn on the orange box.
A disappointing end to Lindsey Vonn's Olympic run: After skiing off course in Thursday's GS race -- and arguably derailing teammate Julia Mancuso's defense of her 2006 gold -- Vonn straddled a gate just 16 seconds into today's slalom race and failed to finish. It was the final women's alpine event of the 2010 Games, and it seemed as if Vonn was happy to see it all end.
Everybody loves a girl fight. Especially when the girls are wearing bikinis.
The women’s giant slalom course was the stage for drama yesterday when the slope opera starring U.S. skiers Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso continued. Vonn’s dramatic fall during the first run of the GS forced teammate Mancuso to stop her run halfway down. Vonn broke her pinky in the tumble. Mancuso was unable to regain her momentum in her second run and shed tears in frustration—the GS may have been hers to win, and her always-in-the-spotlight teammate had spoiled her chances. Again.
High drama unfolded again today at Whistler Creekside during the women's giant slalom event. The only thing more ominous than the hanging fog that shrouded the course was the air between American teammates Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso after Vonn's crash derailed what looked to be a strong first run for Mancuso.