This Sunday, April 1, Vail will welcome home its local hero, Lindsay Vonn, in an event honoring her record-breaking season. Everyone loves Lindsay, and even Picabo Street will be celebrating her return. The most successful ski racer in American history and Olympic gold medalist will be an emcee for the occasion.
“It’s been a truly incredible season and I can’t wait to get back to Vail and celebrate with my friends and fans,” said Lindsey Vonn. “The support and encouragement I continue to receive from the Vail community is one of the things that keeps me motivated to do my best.”
This season, Vonn won 12 World Cup races took home the World Cup Overall title. She is the first American to win four such titles and only one of two female skiers in the world to do so. The other is Annemarie Moser-Proll of Austria. Vonn also has the honor of being the first American woman win in the downhill, which she did at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Any one of these accomplishments would be career making, but Vonn has gone above and beyond anyone’s expectations. She has five consecutive World Cup season titles in the downhill, four consecutive titles in Super G, and three consecutive titles in the combined under her belt leaving her with a grand total of a mind-blowing 53 World Cup race wins up to this point in her career.
“Lindsey Vonn has already been extraordinarily successful as one of the greatest athletes in history. She completely dominates her sport and her name has become synonymous with the all-time greats in ski racing and beyond,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “Vail Resorts is proud to partner with Lindsey and we continue to admire her unstoppable determination and commitment to excellence through all her accomplishments.”
Fans can head to Arrabele Square in Lionshead at 3 p.m. to start off the event. Complementary snacks and commemorative items will be offered while supplies last. A few lucky ladies from Vonn’s signature Ski and Snowboard School program, Ski Girls Rock, will join both Vonn and Street on the stage, and they will be joined by the Town of Vail Mayor, Andy Daly, and Vail Resorts’ co-president, John Garnsey. Interested in an autograph? After the celebration in town, Lindsay will greet fans and hold a signing session until 5 p.m.
Vonn may have been born in Burnsville, MN, but this 27-year-old calls Vail her “hometown.” She and her family traveled back and forth to the town for several years for training before making it home in the late 90s. The move was in an effort to further Vonn’s racing career.
And further it, she did. She started mastering her skills in every discipline with the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail then started having success in major U.S. and international events such as the Junior Olympics, Junior Worlds, NorAms and Europa Cup. That was only the beginning. Her success increased after entering the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup circuit.
Von is a Vail Mountain favorite for many reasons, but now that she represents them, her name is linked to Vail Resort’s six world-class properties–Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar California. She calls The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail home when she’s not training or competing. Welcome home, Lindsey!