“Lindsey Vonn: In the Moment,” features the latest high definition digital photography to bring viewers intimately inside the life of one of the greatest athletes in the world.
“There are a lot of things in this film that most people wouldn’t normally see,” said Vonn, who was training at the women’s U.S. Ski Team European training base in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. “It’s my daily life. We’re in the gym at the Center of Excellence, on the hill, eating breakfast – it’s an in depth view of my life and how hard I work to be a top level athlete.”
Photo: Thomas Green/Vail Resorts
With 41 World Cup victories, the 26-year-old Vonn is just one shy of tying Swedish great Anja Paerson for fourth on the women’s all-time victory list and has aspirations of competing beyond the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. She is the only American woman to have won the Olympic downhill title.
Last weekend Vonn secured three of her career 12 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup titles over a period of 72 hours. She currently stands just 96 points shy of Germany’s Maria Riesch in the overall standings and will race a pair of technical races March 11-12 in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic prior to the World Cup Finals. Vonn has won the overall World Cup title the last three consecutive seasons.
“We used a Phantom camera to really show how focused and dedicated she is. We’re able to see the intensity in her eyes and to see exactly what her muscles are doing while she’s skiing and while she’s working out,” said Director Sean Fine. “She’s an extremely dedicated woman and filming her with this camera just slows down time and makes you feel like you’re there. This is capturing real life with a camera.”
“We began filming this in the summer time, so it takes you through my preparation period for the World Cup season and then brings you full circle into the craziness that is the World Cup life,” said Vonn. “It’s one thing to do a television interview or be on a show, but this was in depth.”
“There’s an interesting part of the film about Picabo Street and how she inspired me as a kid,” said Vonn, who in 2008 became the first American woman to win the World Cup downhill title since Street. She has now owned the title four straight seasons.
“Now I’m trying to do exactly what Picabo did for me. This film can only help the sport of ski racing and I hope that it also shows kids and other athletes that they can accomplish whatever they set their heart to – I hope it inspires,” said Vonn.
Vonn had a cameo appearance in the Audi film “Truth in Motion,” which featured teammates Ted Ligety (Park City, CO) and Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) and debuted just before the Vancouver Olympics. “In the Moment” brings the audience full circle into Vonn’s life to reveal her challenges, fears and inspirations.
The film premiers Sunday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET on EPIX and fans can view it with a free 14-day trial available at http://www.epixhd.com/lindsey-vonn-in-the-moment/. Also on the site are behind-the-scenes photos, film trailers and a directors interview.