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‘Vail’s Lindsey is a Champ’

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates at finish line after winning Women's World Cup Super-G alpine skiing competition, in Haus im Ennstal, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

VAIL, Colorado – When Austrian coaches inferred LIndsey Vonn’s weight gave her an advantage over other skiers, the reigning World Cup champ used it as motivation and dominated in the races held in Haus im Ennstal, Austria earlier this month. “I just think it’s pretty ridiculous and it definitely irritated me and it definitely gave me a little bit of extra motivation on race day,” Vonn said during a teleconference last week. Likewise, when Edwards resident Nancy Gage heard about the disparaging remarks, she used it as motivation to spur Vonn on, namely by writing song lyrics set to the tune Frank Sinatra’s classic song “Lady is the Tramp.” “Women, especially, do not like people making slams about their weight,” Gage said. “(Lindsey) must’ve thought, ‘oh I’ll show you’ and I thought good for her.”Gage’s husband, apres musician Allan Finney, and local pianist/singer Tony Gulizia, have performed the song, called “Vail’s Lindsey is a Champ” at their apres gig at the Cascade Resort in Vail a few times. With the help of KZYR morning show host Steve Leigh, the duo recorded the song in the Edward’s radio station’s studio Friday morning. “We tweeted about it at KZYR and 45 minutes later, Lindsey Vonn’s got up on her twitter page,” Leigh said. “She was saying ‘love the song, thanks guys’ …. I’m left to think that when she’s on the road, she must listen to The Zephyr constantly.”Vonn hearing the song is “all we could’ve hoped for,” Finney said.”It looks like it has legs. It’s cute, and not to be taken too seriously,” he continued.KZYR also posted footage they filmed of the musicians recording in the studio, interspersed with racing footage of Vonn, on YouTube on Saturday. As of Monday afternoon, the video had 93 hits. The video can be found with this story on vaildaily.com. High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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