Tom Wallisch and Lindsey Vonn are two of the best skiers in the history of the sport, and both have now been nominated by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Male and Female Athlete of the year awards, the USOC’s highest annual honor.
“Lindsey and Tom represent the very best levels of accomplishment of a world class athlete. Their performances truly stand out against a backdrop of record success by U.S. athletes in both the 2011 and 2012 competition seasons.” Said Bill Marolt, USSA President and CEO.
Wallisch is noted as the most successful male slopestyle skier in skiing history, and has established himself as a medal contender in the new Olympic sport of slopestyle skiing. He also won X Games gold in Aspen, was the 2012 Dew Tour Overall Cup Champion, the 2012 ESPN Action Sport Athlete of the Year, and was the 2012 VISA U.S. Grand Prix winner.
“Approaching Sochi 2014 and the debut of slopestyle as an Olympic event is going to be exciting,” said Wallisch. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our sport to such a broad audience. Slopestyle is just a really exciting and fun part of our sport and I think will have a huge impact at the Olympics.”
Vonn produced a record shattering season that resulted in her fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall title in addition to her fifth straight downhill crown, fourth super G title and third consecutive super combined globe to bring her career total to 16 World Cup titles. In the process, she reset the women’s all time World Cup point total record to 1,980, surpassing a mark that stood since 2006. She has also is the first American woman to win in all five Olympic alpine disciplines.
“It takes an incredible amount of commitment and determination to stay at the top, and that’s something all athletes share,” said Vonn. “But there is so much behind a gold medal or even one race victory in such a strong and deep sport as alpine ski racing.”
Stay tuned for the final announcement due shortly.