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Lindsey Vonn sells her Vail home, bids a fond farewell

Lindsey Vonn no longer has a home in Vail, but a big piece of her heart will always remain here.

Vonn placed a full-page ad in the Friday edition of the Vail Daily announcing the sale of her East Vail home.

Two years into retirement from World Cup competition, ski racing’s winningest woman last year announced her engagement to P.K. Subban, a defenseman with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.

In the ad, Vonn states that Vail, and Ski Club Vail — now Ski and Snowboard Club Vail — were crucial to her success.

Lindsey Vonn thanks the Vail community with an ad she placed in Friday’s Vail Daily.

With the help of the club, Vonn wrote that she “developed the confidence and love for speed that helped me to win the Olympic downhill, 43 Downhill World Cup races, and finish my career with a total of 82 World Cup wins.”

When Vonn passed 63 World Cup wins, Vail Mountain’s International run was renamed Lindsey’s.

“It will always be the greatest gift I have ever received,” she wrote. “What makes it so special is that ‘Lindsey’s’ is not just mine, it can be shared and experienced by anyone brave enough to ski down it,” she wrote.

Vonn purchased her East Vail home in 2014. The 7,000 square-foot home was a source of pride, and she gave tours to various magazines.

The home was first put on the market in August of 2019, but was listed as belonging to Vonn that fall, with an asking price of $6 million.

Gil Fancher, the managing broker of Vail Real Estate Center, sold the home to Vonn, and was the listing broker for its sale.

Fancher said the home was on the market at its original price until February of this year, when the price was dropped to $5.2 million. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which further delayed the sale. The home recently sold for $4.8 million.

Fancher said the celebrity cachet of the home may have played “a little bit” of a role in its sale, adding that prospective buyers tended to be interested that Vonn owned it.

While Vonn no longer owns a home in Vail, she wrote that “This is not goodbye for good.”

“Although Vail won’t be my full-time residence it is still home for some of my family and will always be my home-town.”

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at smiller@vaildaily.com.

Lindsey Vonn partners with MyFitnessPal, shares workout tips and recipes

At a time where many of us have been struggling to keep up with our fitness goals, Lindsey Vonn is stepping in to help. Vonn has teamed up with Under Armour to launch the Get Strong with Lindsey Vonn workout routine on MyFitnessPal.

Get Strong with Lindsey Vonn provides people at home with the rare opportunity to train and eat just like the world and Olympic champion. The workouts have been designed specifically for Lindsey and are being shared today in MyFitnessPal’s Workout Routines section of the app.

Get Strong with Lindsey Vonn is part of Under Armour’s UA Home Workout Series, which lives on MyFitnessPal.com, as well as the @MyFitnessPal and @UnderArmour Instagram channels. 

In addition to launching her workout routine, Lindsey is also sharing a couple of easy-to-make recipes in an effort to inspire healthy cooking at home. 

Each recipe has been analyzed by a MyFitnessPal in-house dietitian resulting in a calorie and macro breakdown. If users at home wish to substitute their own ingredients, MyFitnessPal is a useful tool to help accurately track food intake.


Lindsey’s Go-to Egg Scramble

Ingredients: 3 cage-free eggs, 1/4 cup of chopped onions, 1/4 cup of chopped peppers, 1/4 cup of chopped mushrooms, 1 tbsp. of Olive oil, 1/4 cup of diced avocado, 1/4 cup of salsa, fresh cilantro, Optional: 2 slices of whole-grain bread, tbsp. of almond butter

464 calories, 33g fat, 14g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 22g protein 
(with optional ingredients: 697 calories, 44g fat, 43g carbohydrate, 14g fiber, 31g protein)

Instructions: sauté onions, peppers and mushrooms in olive oil until soft. Add eggs and scramble. Top with diced avocado, salsa, and fresh cilantro. Enjoy with whole-grain toast with almond butter.  

Banana Bread Oatmeal

Ingredients: 1/2 cup of steel-cut, traditional or instant unflavored oatmeal, 1/2 of a banana, 1/4 cup of chopped nuts, dash of maple syrup, Optional: 2 cage-free eggs, 1/3 cup of fat-free yogurt

547 calories, 25g fat, 69g carbohydrate, 12g fiber, 18g protein
(with optional ingredients: 738 calories, 34g fat, 76g carbohydrate, 12g fiber, 36g protein)

Instructions: Cook steel-cut, traditional, or instant unflavored oatmeal. When set, stir in banana, chopped nuts, and a touch of maple syrup. Consider adding an extra source of protein like eggs or yogurt. 

Sweet Potato Bake

Ingredients: 1 sweet potato, 1/4 cup of chopped nuts, 1/4 cup of raisins, dash of cinnamon, 1 tsp. of honey, dollop of fat-free yogurt, Optional: 2 cage-free eggs, 1/3 cup of fat-free yogurt

456 calories, 20g fat, 70g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 9g protein
(with optional ingredients: 644 calories, 29g fat, 77g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 26g protein)

Instructions: Bake a sweet potato until soft. Cut in half and top with chopped nuts, raisins, cinnamon and a drizzle of honey or a dollop of yogurt. Pair with a source of protein like eggs or yogurt.


Lindsey’s Go-To Salad

Ingredients: 2 cups of baby spinach, 1 cup of cooked quinoa, 6 oz. of sliced chicken from rotisserie, 1/4 cup of cherries, 1/4 cup of berries, 1/2 cup of mixed nuts, 1 oz. vinaigrette

1002 calories, 59g fat, 69g carbohydrates, 8g fiber, 58g protein

Instructions: Top baby spinach with cooked quinoa, sliced chicken from a rotisserie chicken, berries, and a handful of chopped mixed nuts. Dress with vinaigrette. 

Bread-Free Italian Sandwich

Ingredients: 2 grilled Portobello mushrooms or 2 thick slices of eggplant, 2 slices of fresh mozzarella, 2 slices of tomato, pinch of fresh basil, Optional: 1 poached egg, 2 pieces of dry-cured or Canadian bacon, 1/2 cup of diced tomato, 1/2 cup of diced avocado

218 calories, 12g fat, 10g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 19g protein
(with optional ingredients: 506 calories, 35g fat, 20g carbohydrates, 11g fiber, 33g protein)

Instructions: Grill two portobello mushrooms or two thick slices of eggplant when you have time and refrigerate. When you’re ready to make the sandwich, remove mushrooms or eggplant slices from the fridge, top with fresh mozzarella, and heat in a pan or in the microwave. Add sliced tomato and fresh basil. Or top either with a poached egg, dry-cured or Canadian bacon, tomato and avocado.


Lindey’s Go-To Dinner

Ingredients: 1 salmon filet, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 tsp. of minced garlic, 1 cup of cooked quinoa, 4 oz. of grilled or pan-fried asparagus

574 calories, 19g fat, 43g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 53g protein

Instructions: Pan-fry salmon in olive oil and minced garlic. Serve with cooked quinoa and grilled or pan-fried asparagus in olive oil. 

Lean and Clean Burger with Fries

Ingredients: 1 sweet potato, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, 6 oz. plant-based burger patty, 2 slices of whole-grain bread or 2 pieces of sturdy lettuce, 4 oz. of steamed veggie

550 calories, 19g fat, 65g carbohydrates, 13g fiber, 31g protein

Instructions: Cut sweet potatoes into spears and brush with olive oil; season with salt and pepper and other spices or herbs. Bake in a single layer on a sheet pan at 450°F until tender and golden, about 20 minutes. Shape plant-based burger patty; season and grill or pan-fry until done. Serve on whole-grain bread or wrapped in a sturdy piece of lettuce alongside a steamed vegetable.

World Cup skiing finals in Italy canceled over coronavirus, narrowing Shiffrin’s shot at overall title

The International Ski Federation announced Friday that it is officially canceling the World Cup finals set for March 18-22 in Cortina, Italy, due to concerns of over the spread of the coronavirus.

Mikaela Shiffrin announced on Thursday that she was returning to the circuit in Europe after a monthlong absence following the death of her father, but now she has only one set of races left in Are, Sweden — if she enters — to try to erase her 153-point deficit to Italian rival Federica Brignone.

Considering the virus, the Italian Winter Sports Federation was hoping to host the finals, scheduled for March 18-22 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, without fans. But during an emergency International Ski Federation board meeting Friday, every nation besides Italy voted to cancel the event, the Italian federation said.

“It’s with great disappointment that I accept this decision,” Italian federation President Flavio Roda said. “Every member of the board made their decision based on limitations that their respective governments have imposed in relation to the virus.”

World Cup rules prevent the finals from being moved to another location.

Nearly 150 people have died in Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe, and more than 3,000 have tested positive for the virus. Many nations have imposed travel restrictions to Italy.

A total of nine events were schedule for Cortina: four men’s races, four women’s races and a team parallel event.

The cancellation leaves only two weekends of racing left for the men, with Alexis Pinturault leading the overall standings, 26 points ahead of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and 107 points ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen.

Marcel Hirscher, who won the overall title the past eight years, retired before this season.

The men’s title will be decided by speed races in Kvitfjell, Norway, this weekend, and tech races in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, next weekend.

Welcome back to Åre

Shiffrin announced in a video on Thursday morning across her social-media platforms that she was returning to racing. At the time, she said, that she said that “I have no promises that I will actually be able to race.”

Presumably, that had a twofold meaning — whether the Are events were, in fact, happening and/or whether she’ll be up to it on the race days. The women are competing in parallel slalom, giant slalom, and slalom.

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Over the last few weeks, my family and I have received an overwhelming amount of support and love. The most kind and heartwarming messages you could imagine, checking in on us, sharing quotes and poems, song-lyrics, and telling wonderful stories about my Dad. Sometimes it feels like we are drowning in these messages, like we can’t keep up with the support and love that everyone has shown, yet in so many ways it has also been our lifeline. We have not been able to respond to everything, but we want you all to know that we feel your love, and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing it with us. Many have asked how we are doing, and where we are in the “grieving process”? The truth is, we haven’t really even started. Accepting this new “reality” is going to take a long time, and maybe we never truly will, maybe we don’t have to. Because we can still feel him here. In our hearts, in our thoughts, in the sky and mountains and snow. He made his mark, and he is here. Many have also asked about my return to skiing and racing. I have been able to train a little bit over the last few weeks. It has been a slow process, but it has been theraputic to be on the mountain. I’ve found training to be a place where I can feel closer to my dad, yet it provides enough of a distraction so that feeling of “closeness” can be separated from the pain. I am flying to Scandinavia today. I have no promises if I’ll actually be able to race when the time comes, and I don’t really even have goals. I just hope to make a few good turns. I think that would make my dad happy. If and when I do return to competition I’d ask that you continue to respect my privacy, especially as it relates to my family’s heartbreak. We are so thankful for the time we had with him—we cherish every single one of those moments—and we will keep him here in our hearts and our memories forever. 🤍

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Shiffrin added that she has no goals for her return, except “to make a few good turns.”

However Shiffrin is feeling on a particular day or regardless of her goals, Are is comfortable place for her to return. It was the site of the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships when she won super-G and slalom gold as well as bronze in the GS.

What’s more, Shiffrin has made 12 additional World Cup starts at the venue, dating back to March 9, 2013, when she was 17. She has four career wins in Are, her last coming at the 2018 World Cup finals slalom.

While everyone would like to see the Hollywood ending with Shiffrin racing to victory in these upcoming races, dialing down expectations is probably best. One never underestimates what Shiffrin can do on skis, but she admitted in her video that while she has been able to train a bit she understandably has had trouble maintaining her focus as well as she has in the past.

If she is mentally, emotionally and physically up to it, it’s probably would be a good experience returning to a World Cup, racing, getting back into a semblance of what she and her family are calling “a new reality” and letting the results fall where they may.

Previously on the World Cup …

With the caveat that Shiffrin may or may not be results-driven, the World Cup points lists have shifted while she has been away. With Cortina’s cancelation, Switzerland’s Corinne Sutter has clinched the downhill and super-G season titles.

Shiffrin will actually finish fifth in the points in downhill and seventh in super-G.

Italy’s Federica Brignone previously had clinched the combined and has all but locked up the giant slalom. The Italian leads Shiffrin 407-333 with one race remaining. For Shiffrin to retain her GS globe, she would need to win and Brignone, who has finished no worse than eighth in the discipline this season, take 11th or worse.

Brignone is also attempting to become the first Italian woman to win the World Cup in the 53 years of the circuit. (For the trivia buffs in the audience, Gustav Thoeni won it four times during the 1970s, while Alberto Tomba took it home after the 1994-95 season.)

Brignone leads Shiffrin. the three-time defending champion, 1,378-1,225, with three races remaining. Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova is third with 1,189 points.

Speaking of Vlhova, the Slovakian leads Shiffrin in a tight slalom race, 460-440, with two races remaining.

Forgoing finals

Held annually since 1993 — and twice in Vail (1994 and 1997) — the World Cup finals have never been scrubbed in their entirety. However, weather conditions — too much snow or not enough — have canceled races affecting the World Cup championship and assorted discipline globes.

Most notably in American ski-racing minds is the 2010-11 women’s World Cup campaign as Lindsey Vonn and Germany’s Maria Riesch (now Höfl-Riesch) were engaged in a season-long battle for the overall title.

Entering the finals, Vonn finished fourth in the downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, to take the lead from Riesch. After the super-G was rained out, Riesch retook the lead, taking fourth in the slalom as Vonn ended up 13th.

The Swiss piste was a mess by the end of the finals, and FIS called the season-ending giant slalom, leaving Riesch with a 1,728-to-1,725 lead over Vonn and the World Cup championship.

Traditionally, in the year before a site hosts the world championships, it holds the World Cup finals as a preview for the racers and a run-through for organizers. Cortina is still scheduled to host worlds Feb. 8-21.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.

Lindsey Vonn’s big fundraiser bash is staying in Vail and it’s a Roaring ’20s theme this year

The Lindsey Vonn Foundation’s annual fundraiser will return once again to Vail this spring, according to Laura Kildow, executive director of the Lindsey Vonn Foundation and sister of the ski racing star. This themed party has become THE party of the year with fun costumes, a lively band, people doing the limbo and special guests like Jonny Moseley joining Vonn on stage. It’s all to raise money for Vonn’s various programs and scholarships that help empower girls throughout the nation.

Kildow said the party was possibly moving to Denver or elsewhere, but after further thought, they decided to keep it right here, where Vonn’s longtime friends, fans and even some of her doctors have come out to support her efforts at past events. A roaring 1920s theme is planned for this fête that is set for Friday, May 1 at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail.

It’s already been a busy year for the retired Olympic and World Cup champion. The skier is not only busy planning a wedding with New Jersey Devils hockey player, P.K. Subban, she’s also been doing a lot of things she never got a chance to do while racing on the World Cup circuit.

One of those things was to inspect the downhill course at the Hahnenkamm, the celebrated and revered men’s World Cup ski race in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Fellow retired ski racer, Axel Lund Svindal of Norway gave Lindsey a tour of the course.

While in Austria for the race, Lindsey also received an award presented by Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger. While delivering the award to Lindsey, Schwarzenegger called her the “female terminator” and praised Vonn for her generosity and giving back through her foundation. He also recommends that she tries plenty of wiener schnitzel and hazelnut schnapps while in Austria.

Vonn went straight from that event in Kitzbuhel to Munich, Germany for ISPO, the international ski industry trade show. She was up bright and early and ready to reveal new looks and collaborations she had with Briko helmets, YNIQ Goggles and Head outerwear. The skiing star signed autographs and took selfies with fans with one of her dogs, Lucy, by her side.

This week Vonn is helping promote Project Rock, the newest line of Under Armour workout wear with Duane “The Rock” Johnson. Even though she’s not competing in the race gates anymore, Vonn is still training like an Olympic athlete.

Look for more information about the Lindsey Vonn Foundation and the upcoming fundraiser in Vail, stay tuned to the website (www.lindseyvonnfoundation.org) and Vonn’s social media channels.

Social media tributes pour in for Shiffrin family in wake of Jeff Shiffrin’s death

Condolences poured in via social media to Mikaela Shiffrin and her family on Monday when news broke that Jeff Shiffrin had died unexpectedly at 65 following an accident.

Shiffrin first tweeted at 12:38 a.m. Rocky Mountain time Monday morning with the message, “Go tell everyone you love that you love them and how much you love them, do it right now. Please.”

At 8:18 a.m. on Monday, the three-time World Cup champion issued a formal statement regarding the death of her father, writing, “My family is heartbroken beyond comprehension about the unexpected passing of my kindhearted, loving, caring, patient, wonderful father.”

Fellow Vail skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn was quick with her response via Twitter.

“I’m so so sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and your family. RIP Jeff,” Vonn wrote, adding emojis of hands in prayer and a broken heart.

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team wrote, “A heartbreaking tragedy — Jeff was an incredible man. All of our love and prayers go out to @MikaelaShiffrin, Taylor, Eileen and their family in this beyond-heartbreaking time.”

Jeremy Bloom, Colorado football player and Olympic moguls skier, paid his respects, writing, “My heart goes out to the entire @MikaelaShiffrin family for the unexpected and unimaginable (loss) of Jeff, Mikaela’s wonderful father.”

Ceil Folz, the former head of the Vail Valley Foundation that organizes World Cup racing and helped bring the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to Beaver Creek, where Mikaela won slalom gold, noted Jeff’s passing.

“What the world sees in Mikaela — the determination, kindness, groundedness, commitment… that is Jeff. He lives on in Miki and Taylor in every way. He was one in a million,” Folz wrote.

Even the Mikaela Shiffrin Fan Club also issued its condolences.

“We are devastated by this tragic loss. We knew Jeff only by a few talks at some ceremonies. But even by exchanging only a few words, you could easily tell he’s a very nice, kind and wonderful person. Our love and prayers go out to @MikaelaShiffrin and her family.”

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.

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.
Alessandro Trovati | Associated Press file photo

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.”

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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.

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