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.
I recalled how Jim Tracy, a United States ski-team coach, described the first time he saw Vonn ski. “She’s hauling down the mountain, her skis probably going 60,” Tracy told me, “but the rest of her was hardly moving. It was like watching water flow down a hill.” —Bill Pennington, from his profile of Lindsey Vonn in this weekend's New York Times Magazine