When we say we're "in the zone," usually we mean the Deli Zone sandwich shop over on Boulder's University Hill. But sometimes we mean we're skiing "in the zone" -- slicing the fall line like a hot knife, thinking not about how tired or old or unskilled we are but about how bomber and awesome and stardom-worthy our skiing is.
Vail’s Sarah Schleper continues to look like she means business in the lead-up to what certainly will be her last Olympics, while Lindsey Vonn, feeling better about her injured hand, straddled and skied out midway through the first run in Tuesday’s World Cup slalom, held under the lights at Flachau. Marlies Schild of Austria edged Maria Riesch of Germany for the win, but Vonn remains in the overall points lead by 112 points.
Lindsey Vonn says an article that claimed she has a size advantage over smaller racers helped motivate her to win three consecutive races last weekend. “If all it took to be good at ski racing was weight then we all would be stuffing our faces," she said during a conference call with reporters on Monday.
Rule No. 1 in life, love and, apparently, sports: Never discuss a woman's weight. The New York Times reported that, in a conference call with reporters Monday, Lindsey Vonn took issue with an article in an Austrian newspaper that asserted she, along with close friend Maria Riesch from Germany, have a size advantage over other female skiers. Vonn is 5'10" and weighs 160 pounds; Riesch is nearly 6 feet and weighs 168 pounds.
You'll have to tell us when you're sick of reading about Lindsey Vonn. Because until that time—and maybe after it—we're going to keep telling you about her. This weekend was a big one for America's sweetheart on skis: Vonn stomped the Lake Louise World Cup downhill on Friday, and then did it again on Saturday.
We don't know which news is better: the fact that enough of Vail Mountain is skiable that Lindsey Vonn can train on it; or that Vonn is training in Vail, where some of us wannabes can go gawk as she scorches the local course. The U.S.
Back-to-back World Cup winner and all-around skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn will be riding Head skis, boots and bindings for the next five seasons. Vonn, the most successful woman ski racer from America, formerly rode Rossignol skis.
A year ago, we talked to Lindsey about her racing career. As the 2010 Winter Games loom large, her interview is as relevant as ever
From last season to 2009, what's special? I'm just really happy to be able to win the overall again. It's been such a tough season. I wasn't able to win as many downhills as last year but it's been tough with the weather for us speed racers. So the fact I was able to win the overall despite those tough conditions means a lot to me. I made a lot of changes in my slalom from 34th in world to second and that helped a lot in winning the overall title. And having the recent success in super G has been good.