Vail goes bonkers for hometown Vonn

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on February 17, 2010 9:16 pm

Photo by Jack Affleck

One of the closest ties of any resort and athlete has got to be Vail and Lindsey Vonn.  So you can there is celebrating all over the town tonight as Lindsey nailed the performance of a lifetime today and grabbed the gold medal in the downhill.   A ski resort community steeped in ski racing tradition, Vail is celebrating both Vonn’s gold medal run as well as teammate Julia Mancuso’s silver medal finish in the Women’s Downhill event tonight with a festive outdoor street party and viewing of NBC’s prime time race coverage on a jumbotron screen.  

“We are absolutely thrilled for Lindsey and the entire Vail community, her hometown, is celebrating in her honor tonight. We could not be prouder of Lindsey – she truly embodies the Vail spirit with her perseverance in the face of adversity, dedication and hard work, and commitment to excellence – both on and off the snow,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

Vonn fans can follow Lindsey through her ski racing career this past year via <>  (and @LindseyIsEpic on twitter). The site provides the most detailed background and insider’s view of Vonn’s endeavors this ski season including more than 20 webisodes and interviews with Vonn chronicling her successful ski career and season to date on the World Cup circuit. The weekly webisodes give fans an insightful perspective on Vonn’s dedication and drive to becoming a World Champion from preparing and training for World Cup events in her hometown Vail to pre-season ski fitness sessions in the gym and World Cup race footage as well other unique surprises about Lindsey, including being an owner of three cows and a goat.

Vail Mountain has supported Vonn throughout her career and Vonn now represents all five of Vail Resorts’ world-class mountain resorts–Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly.