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Lindsey Vonn goes social with P.K. Subban marriage proposal

Lindsey Vonn popped the question to hockey star P.K. Subban.

“Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!! On our 2 year anniversary, in a “non traditional” move, I asked PK to marry me and he said, Yes,” Vonn tweeted on Christmas Day. “Yes (bashful emoji) ! Women aren’t the only ones who should get engagement rings!”

The former ski racer closed the tweet with the hashtags “MerryChristmas” and “equality.”

Vonn linked a picture of herself and Subban with the ring, with the couple wearing matching striped pajamas in front of a Christmas tree with three dogs in the foreground. She also posted a close-up of Subban flashing the ring, with the words “Drip drip”and a blue teardrop.

Vonn also said on social media in August that they were engaged.

The 35-year-old Vonn recently retired from a skiing career that included three Olympic medals, four overall World Cup titles and 82 World Cup race wins, a record for a woman.

The 30-year-old Subban and won the 2013 Norris Trophy with Montreal as the NHL’s top defenseman. He was traded to New Jersey from Nashville in June.

Vonn had a high-profile relationship with Tiger Woods. She previously was married to former ski racer Thomas Vonn, and kept his last name after they separated.

The year in snowsports: Lindsey Vonn says goodbye and Mikaela Shiffrin reigns

So, did anything happen on snow in 2019?

Yes, Lindsey Vonn retired — and some of us really believed it when she didn’t unretire to start in Lake Louise, Alberta, one more time in December.

Mikaela Shiffrin pillaged and plundered, while Tess Johnson bumped and jumped to her first FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships medal and an American returned to the top step of the podium at the Xfinity Birds of Prey for the first time in five years.

Vonn bows out triumphantly

The 2018-19 World Cup season was meant to be Lindsey Vonn’s triumphant victory tour, complete with the five victories that would vault her (82 career wins) past Ingemar Stenmark (86) for all-time World Cup wins.

Who wouldn’t conservatively presume that Vonn would win one or two out the three annual races in Lake Louise in December 2018? With 18 career wins on that hill, there’s a reason they call it Lake Lindsey.

Before those races, ironically, she injured her left knee in training over at Copper. Her left was the “good” one after her right knee pretty much exploded back at the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria.

Lindsey Vonn hugs a U.S. team staffer in the finish area of a World Cup super-G in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy. Mikaela Shiffrin won the race while a hobbled, emotional Vonn broke down after she failed to finish on knees so worn down that she describes them as “bone on bone.” Shiffrin then came down nine racers later and won her first speed race at the premier stop on the women’s circuit.
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In January, Vonn gave it a go in Cortina, Italy, finishing 15th and ninth in two downhills. While those were good results, not only did they pale in comparison to her previous greatness on that piste — 11 wins, 20 podiums and 31 top 10 finishes there — her body was simply not up to it.

After scratching from races in Garmisch, Germany, Vonn made it official on Feb. 1, that worlds — or more specifically, the super-G and the downhill — in Are, Sweden, would be her finales.

Vonn crashed hard during the super-G, won by some lady named Mikaela Shiffrin. Yet, in the typical fashion of her career, she recovered and went on to take bronze in the downhill, a finale worthy of her career.

Stenmark was there to greet her at the finish, as were family and friends. Plaudits from the ski community flowed, as it was a happy ending.

“I’m happy that I could finish strong. I’m happy there are so many people here,” Vonn said. “I wish my mom and my brother and my sister could be here, but half the family is here so that’s good. I soaked it all in. I waved to the crowd one last time. Ingemar being in the finish area was literally the best thing that’s ever happened in my life.”

Lindsey Vonn smiles in the finish area after taking the bronze in her final race of her record-shattering World Cup career, the women’s downhill at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, on Feb. 10, 2019.
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Shiffrin reigns

The apropos question for Shiffrin’s 2019 is “What didn’t she do?”

Technically, Mikaela did not win a downhill. Feel shame, Mikaela, and go sit in the corner. (For those in social media, we are joking.)

Among the many accomplishments, Shiffrin broke Vreni Schneider’s record (14) for most World Cup wins in a season with 17. Shiffrin won her third overall World Cup title. She won her sixth globe in seven years in the slalom, captured her first giant-slalom season title, and even won a globe in super-G, for crying out loud.

Mikaela Shiffrin turned in a World Cup season for the ages in 2019.
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Then there was world championships, where she won gold medals in super-G and slalom. She added bronze in giant slalom.

She’s already rolling in the 2019-20 season with slalom wins in Levi, Finland, and Killington, Vermont. Knock wood, she’s on her way to her fourth overall and will likely finish the year third on the all-time World Cup wins list behind Stenmark and Vonn.

Keep your eye on this youngster. Shiffrin, 24, might just be a pretty good skier if she sticks with it.

Tess breaks out

Speaking of youngsters — yes, this is starting to sound like the sports department yelling, “Get off my lawn” — Tess Johnson, 19, has already been to the Olympics and has world champs bronze medal.

She also has her own Wikipedia page. (OK, that’s it … GET OFF MY LAWN! I covered this kid when she was playing high school soccer. She was pretty good at that, too.)

Johnson already has three podiums, including a World Cup win back in 2018, but some podiums are just more equal than others. She is probably a better moguls racer than dual moguls, but she had a night to remember at worlds in on Feb. 9, capturing bronze in the latter in Deer Valley, Utah.

Dual moguls are eventually decided head-to-head in a tournament-style bracket. Johnson came down the hill in the small final, aka the bronze-medal race, and saw the No. 3 flicker next to her name.

“I was overwhelmed with happiness,” Johnson said. “The crowd roared and I was immediately on cloud nine.”

In other snow news in 2019

  • At the Burton U.S. Open, Scotty James and Maddie Mastro ruled the pipe, while Red Gerard and Zoi Sadowski Synnott took slopestyle honors.
  • U.S. Ski Team racer Alice McKennis, who has Vail Valley ties, returned to World Cup racing this season after missing all of the 2018-19 season coming back from a broken leg. And so far the results have been promising. She finished 10th in a downhill at Lake Louise earlier this month, then 13th in the super-G the following day.
  • At Birds of Prey, an American won the giant slalom. His name was Tommy Ford. (Most were expecting that it would have been Ted Ligety, who was fourth after the first run, but fell back to 11th in the end.) Ford, 30, had never won on tour and was the first American to win a World Cup at Beaver Creek since Ligety did so in 2014.
  • The Swiss dominated the rest of the racing on the annual World Cup stop with Marco Odermatt winning the super-G and Beat Feuz repeating in the downhill.

Does selling a high-priced Colorado mountain home on the big name of its former owner actually work? Asking for Lindsey Vonn

The manse on the banks of Black Gore Creek is beautiful. Tucked into East Vail, the 7,042 square-foot spread among the easternmost homes in the Vail Valley is far from the hustle of the ski village down the road. 

It has all the trimmings of a Vail palace: stone and timber, double-sided fireplace, open kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, gym, big deck, walk-in closets.

And this home — at $6 million, the highest-priced listing right now in East Vail — comes with a story. It’s owned by the greatest American ski racer ever.

Does that provenance matter? 

“I don’t know,” says listing agent Gil Fancher, who sold Lindsey Vonn the home in 2014. “Maybe someone will see the value in not just the house and location but also in the prior owner.”

Read more via The Colorado Sun.

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Lindsey Vonn volunteers at Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

Olympic gold medalist and World Cup alpine ski racing champion Lindsey Vonn maybe be retired, but she’s not slowing down. Vonn recently was out at a ranch near McCoy, CO volunteering for Mountain Valley Horse Rescue by mucking stalls and brushing horses.

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue is a nonprofit organization committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. It hosts a variety of service days throughout the year and relies on volunteer hours to accomplish its goal of getting the horses ready for adoption.

“There are 170,000 horses around the country that are unwanted and 6,000 of those horses are in Colorado, so we’re just doing our part to try and help that initiative,” said Kathryn Middleton, who is a volunteer and a board member at Mountain Valley Horse Rescue.

Joining Vonn on this service day were Joe Goddard, his wife and two young daughters who traveled from Cortland, NE to take part in this unique opportunity to do some service work alongside Lindsey Vonn.

“We saw this auction item before Lindsey’s fundraiser last spring and basically my daughter said-and it wasn’t a threat, or maybe it kind of was-but she said ‘You’d better win that auction item, dad’ so I went all out to get it,” Goddard said.

The money raised from the auction item to join Vonn at Mountain Valley Horse Rescue went to the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. Vonn started this organization to help girls develop confidence and grit through educational, athletic and enrichment programs.

After a brief orientation and introduction to the over two dozen horses on the ranch, the dogs and the donkeys, it was time to get to work.   

Tasks included feeding, grooming and mucking the stalls, which means removing horse dung. “We like to keep the footing nice underneath them to prevent hoof diseases,” Middleton said. 

“Wow, this makes cleaning up after my dogs look easy,” Vonn said after shoveling up some of the horse droppings in the stalls and dumping them into a bucket.

All mucking aside, Vonn enjoyed her time being near these majestic animals. 

“I love horses and obviously we want to help out not just my nonprofit, but others in the community. Coordinating with Mountain Valley Horse Rescue to create this auction item seemed like a great fit,” Vonn said.  To learn more about Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, go to www.mvhr.net and to see what the Lindsey Vonn Foundation is up to, visit www.lindseyvonnfoundation.org.

Lindsey Vonn is selling her Vail home for $6M, moving in with fiancé PK Subban

Lindsey Vonn is selling her Vail home with views of the Gore Range and moving in with her fiancé, P .K. Subban, an NHL star who plays for the New Jersey Devils.

Vonn’s five-bedroom, seven-bathroom residence in Vail is on the market for $6 million, according to People magazine, who toured the home in 2017.

The home — reportedly Vonn’s first home — has a state-of-the-art gym, an elevator and a sound system to play music in every room. There’s a custom-designed doggy door.

Vonn announced her engagement to Subban in August.

According to People, Vonn has already purchased a home in New Jersey so she can be close to Subban during the NHL season.

Despite retiring from ski racing, the Olympic gold medalist is keeping busy working with her foundation to benefit youth, partnering with Chase on a cosmetic line and working with Dwayne Johnson and Under Armour, among other things.

Assistant editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

No weights? No problem: Lindsey Vonn squats while holding her 80-pound dog named Bear

Lindsey Vonn might be retired from ski racing, but she is still staying in shape promoting Project Rock, a partnership between Dwayne Johnson and Under Armour — “Home to the hardest workers in the room.”

She’s also created a cosmetic line in partnership with Chase Bank while continuing to focus on her foundation, The Lindsey Vonn Foundation, giving the future women of the world “the confidence to move mountains.”

On Sunday, Vonn shared an Instagram video of herself squatting with her 80-pound dog named Bear. “No weights? No problem!” the caption reads. In the background is Lucy, seemingly spotting her mom.

Follow Vonn on Instagram @lindseyvonn, and follow the Vonn dogs as well @vonndogs.

Assistant editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

Lindsey Vonn to start cosmetics company

For most of her adult life, this was the time of year when Lindsey Vonn would be in South America training for the upcoming ski racing season, so being a retired downhiller feels strange for the most successful female ski racer of all time.

One of her ex-coaches has been texting her photos of former teammates training in Portillo, Chile, where the U.S. Ski Team holds annual September training camps in the southern hemisphere’s winter.

“I’m like, ‘Can you please stop torturing me?’ ” said Vonn, who was in town to speak at Denver Startup Week, an event designed for entrepreneurs to network and hear speakers share their business acumen. “It’s more weird now because I’m in Colorado and not in Portillo — I’m not antsy and looking forward to the winter. It’s just a totally different feeling. My life doesn’t revolve around winter anymore.”

That’s not to say Vonn has no competitive outlet. She is in the process of creating a cosmetics company with the help of Chase Ink credit cards as a “partner.”

Read more via The Denver Post.

Vonn, Shiffrin make the rounds at ESPYs

Lindsey Vonn won another Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award on Wednesday night sharing the Best Moment Award with the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski.

All three athletes retired during the past sports year and were honored for how they finished their storied careers.

Wade returned to the Heat for his final NBA season and finished his career with a triple-double. Gronk won Super Bowl LIII with the Pats and called it a career. And Vonn, of course, retired with a bronze medal in the downhill during the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden.

“It’s an amazing honor to be up here with these two incredible athletes, incredibly old also,” Vonn said. “In my 19-year career, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but I’m happy that I’ve broken more records than bones — just about. I want to thank everyone who supported me, who taught me and helped me along the way, especially my family my friends, and, of course, my incredible boyfriend, P.K. (Subban)

“I think what ski racing has taught me is that nothing is more powerful than self-belief. No matter what setback I faced, I always believed I could come back. So for everyone out there, whatever your struggles are, always believe in yourself and never give up.”

Vonn finished with 82 career World Cup wins, second only to Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark. She won four World Cup championships (2008-2010 and 2012), Olympic gold (2010), worlds gold (twice in 2009) and was able to win 23 times on the tour after a devastating knee injury during the 2013 Worlds in Schladming, Austria.

While Vonn joked on Twitter, “How are we going to split this trophy,” the good news is that she has already won two ESPYs for Best Female Athlete in 2010 and 2011.

Morgan bests Mikaela

Speaking of which, Mikaela Shiffrin was up for Best Female Athlete. Alex Morgan of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team won the honor, voted upon by fans.

Taking nothing away from the World Cup champs, it was an uphill battle for Shiffrin to win the award despite having completed one of the most spectacular seasons in the history of Alpine skiing.

Shiffrin won 17 times on the World Cup, a new record, and won at worlds in the super-G and slalom. In the latter, she became the first athlete in the history of the event to four-peat. She won her third World Cup championship in a row and added globes in super-G, giant slalom, and slalom.

Morgan and Shiffrin were seated close to each other during the ceremony and the skier offered her congratulations.

The red carpet

Since it was an awards show, there was a lot of chatter about fashion. As always, Vonn and Shiffrin looked spectacular.

According to People magazine, Vonn was wearing a crystal-and-sequin Yousef Al-Jasmi gown with Rene Caovilla stilettos.

Meanwhile, Shiffrin had her entire fashion lineup on Instagram.

To sum, Shiffrin was wearing a Pronovias dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes and clutch.

Closing time: The Americans face the Netherlands

Time for the closer, ladies.

Ram the ramparts, take over the airports and do whatever you have to do.  This morning, we want the Star-Spangled Banner to wave defiantly as the United States takes on the Netherlands in the women’s World Cup Final at 9 a.m. on Fox.

Some of you didn’t realize on July Fourth that the peculiar speech given by our president was actually a coded message to US coach Jill Ellis about how to set up her attack. 

Of course, we took over the airports against the British on Tuesday. Why, in the semifinal, Christen Press and Alex Morgan scored with headers vs. England. What did you think he was talking about?

The message was a tactical one, overload the wings, get Kelley O’Hara, Tobin Heath, Press, Lindsay Horan, Crystal Dunn, and Meghan Rapinoe — actually, our group was speculating that POTUS had ordered the Press for Rapinoe sub during the semifinal — to bombard the Dutch from the air and get Morgan, Julie Ertz and the rest in the middle of the field to ram the ramparts and get on the end of it. 

It was perfectly clear if you just listened.  

Nothing preordained

Consistency is an incredibly hard thing to maintain, just ask the German men who were defending champions but beaten by Mexico and knocked out in the group phase of the 2018 World Cup. 

Steph Curry saw what happens when the fan base starts to think athletic events are preordained or easy. As we saw in the NBA Finals, injuries, luck and the rise of another team peaking at the right time can derail the best-laid plans and the strongest teams. 

Even on our high school level, the best teams falter if they aren’t on their game. The Battle Mountain boys soccer team has won four league titles in a row on three occasions but has never been able to win five. Maybe this year.

Complacency is a human trait that is difficult to avoid.

All of which goes to show how remarkable this run has been for the United States. They have been in three finals in a row in a competition which only occurs every four years. 

Think of the concentration, luck with injuries and superb preparation that goes into a run like that. Lindsay Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin have expressed on social media their best wishes and few athletes, apart from them, would know what it takes. 

We must tip our hats to the players who played in all three finals, the 2-2 draw with Japan in 2011 — the Japanese won on penalties — the 5-2 shellacking payback in 2015 in Canada and this morning’s game. 

Rapinoe, if healthy enough to start after sitting out the semifinal, will be the only player to have started all three finals. Carli Lloyd started and missed a penalty in the 2011 shootout loss before roaring back with a hat trick four years later. 

Today, Lloyd looks set to play the aging superstar, the closer role that Abby Wambach played with such dignity in 2015. Heath and Morgan were young substitutes in 2011 before starting in 2015 and should be in the lineup again in 2019. Ali Krieger played late in the semifinal this week and hopes to appear as a sub in the final after starting in both 2011 and 2015.  

Different paths

The Netherlands are the champions of Europe, crowned in 2017 and will be looking to collect more than just appearance bonuses in this final. 

The US will have to be aware of the potent attacking players the Dutch possess. The Netherlands’ route to the final has been far easier than the US’. Japan gave them a great game in the round of 16, but if the Japanese were honest, they put their team together with an eye towards hosting the Olympics next summer more than winning this event. 

Netherlands faced upstarts Italy in the quarterfinal to acclimate themselves to playing a team whose men hadn’t qualified in the 2018 men’s World Cup in case they met the US in the final.

Then they played a relative sleeper of a semifinal against Sweden which wasn’t easy on the eyes if a viewer had watched the fireworks the day before between the US and England.  

Our route, by contrast, has been brutal. After racking up the goals in an easy group, the US faced a Spanish team that has recently put resources into the women’s game and who looked very strong, falling 2-1 on two Rapinoe penalties. 

In the quarters, the US dispatched the host country on another pair of Rapinoe strikes. We sat Rapinoe in the semifinal for one of several possible reasons:

• The aforementioned executive order from the White House.

• To increase the degree of difficulty.

• To rest Rapinoe for the final.

• To shore up the left side of our team defensively.

• To give Press a chance to play.

• Or maybe she really had a hamstring injury. 

Whatever the reason, we hope to see her back for the final.  

The gameplan

Let’s hope that the style that the US employs late in the game is a little more attack oriented. Taking the ball to the corner, time wasting and drawing fouls intentionally to run the clock down has been the hallmark of this US team in the last 15 minutes of each knockout game that they have played.

While this tactic has been effective, most fans would rather see them possess the ball and go for that additional goal to kill the game off. Not only have these tactics resembled the men’s game, but they are more like what a team does at the end of a game where they are pulling off an unlikely win against a better opponent. 

We are the favorites. Let’s finish off this last game with a bit more swagger. 

A world for goalie Alyssa Naher is due here. After a diving save to tip one over the bar, earlier in the game, perhaps the save of the tournament, Alyssa dove to her right to stop English captain Steph Houghton’s penalty kick. 

Saving PK’s requires poise, patience and a bit of luck, but as the Grateful Dead sang in “U.S. Blues,” “Ain’t no luck, I learned to duck.”

Speaking of the Grateful Dead, Morgan caused more controversy with her alleged tea toast to the English after scoring the winning goal, although we have to ask Morgan for a clarification of her intentions on that celebration. 

Alex Morgan is either celebrating a goal with a cup of tea or something else pertaining to the great state of Colorado. What does she do for a celebration against the Netherlands? (Associated Press file photo)
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Many of us in Colorado saw it as a tribute to our state, err, flower and a salute to the immaculate chipped pass from Golden’s Horan. One can only imagine what she has in store for the Dutch and the Amsterdam cafe culture.

Whatever you have to do Alex, whatever you have to do. ”Summertime’s done, come and gone, my oh my!” 

Battle Mountain social-studies teacher and soccer coach David Cope watches far too much soccer, quotes The Grateful Dead or Bruce Springsteen too much and hopes his Huskies can win that elusive fifth league title this fall.

Text Lindsey Vonn … for real

The first reaction on Wednesday was Lindsey Vonn’s Twitter just got hacked.

After all, how often does the greatest American ski racer just give out her phone number and ask you to text her?

Upon further clarification, it was on the up and up.

So, the number is 970-471-7878, if you want to text Vonn or receive updates about what the retired ski great is doing. We tried it Friday afternoon and received an automated response.

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We are impressed by Vonn’s excellent use of multiple emojis. On a serious note, it seems that Vonn can use this outlet to communicate with her fans directly and amass data of her followers.

In the last two days, Vonn has been gamely fielding tech support questions and talking with a few fans, including NHL boyfriend P.K. Subban, recently traded to the New Jersey Devils.

While not texting with her fans, Vonn continues to work on her foundation, has started her own YouTube channel, is writing her memoir among other projects.