Lindsey Vonn wins NASJA Award

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 1, 2009 10:12 am

Two-time World Cup Overall Champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) recently added another award to her trophy case: The 2009 Paul Robbins Outstanding Athlete of the Year by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA). (Vonn also won the award in 2008.)

The award has long been a NASJA staple, but was recently renamed in honor of Robbins following his death in 2008. Robbins was a beloved U.S. Ski Team press officer and journalist for the better part of three decades.

“I’m honored to receive this award. Paul Robbins was a good friend of mine and to have his award means so much to me,” Vonn said. “No one loved ski racing as much as he did and he gave so much to the sport.”

Robbins’ son David (DC) was on hand to congratulate Vonn on her award. “Shortly before he died he was able to do a press conference with Lindsey and Picabo Street after Lindsey won her World Cup downhill title,” Robbins said. “He said it was the highlight of his career. He would have wanted Lindsey to have it. In fact, I’m sure he somehow found a way to sneak in his vote.”

Vonn surpassed fellow U.S. great Tamara McKinney in winning the most World Cup events. McKinney had notched 18 wins, and to date, Vonn has racked up 22. Vonn also swept the women’s speed events at the World Championships capped her season with back-to-back World Cup downhill and overall titles as well as the first super G title awarded to an American woman.