While Lindsey Vonn may have a broken finger and a bit of disappointment from the Olympic technical disciplines, she is still receiving plenty of recognition to soothe her spirits. In addition to personally appearing on Jay Leno’s return to late-night television Monday, Vonn’s first name will appear on the Colorado slopes of Vail Mountain for years to come. Vail Resorts announced Sunday that the black-diamond “International” trail on the frontside of Vail Mountain has been renamed “Lindsey’s.”
Located skier’s left of the Vista Bahn Express lift just above the village, the trail was the site of the women’s speed events during the World Alpine Ski Championships at Vail and Beaver Creek in 1989 and 1999. The two-time defending World Cup overall champion won a gold and a bronze medal at the just-completed Olympics.
“We could not be prouder of Lindsey and her success at the Olympic Games. 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. “‘Lindsey’s’ on Vail Mountain is a perfect location for her namesake trail. As a former race course for the best women ski racers in the world and a groomed black diamond favorite for our guests, it is where future champions and everyday skiers alike can be inspired by Lindsey’s success. We are excited to welcome Lindsey home to her new run.”
Vonn signed an endorsement deal with Vail Resorts in August. As part of the arrangement, she moved with her husband Thomas from Park City, Utah, to Vail. Born in Minnesota, Vonn had lived in Vail as teenager to foster her promising racing career.
(Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts/Erich Schlegel)