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Vonn’s Vail Valley fans head to Vancouver

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Some Vail Valley residents will be putting the “more cowbell” into the Olympics.

Several Vail locals are heading to Vancouver to watch the Olympics or work behind the scenes.

Edwards resident John Dakin has already arrived in Vancouver. He’s helping to set up the zone where journalists will interview athletes after the alpine skiing events.

The perk?

“I get to see all the alpine events,” Dakin said. “I have a front row seat.”

As the vice president of communications for the Vail Valley Foundation, Dakin has met several of the Olympic athletes over the years. He’s looking forward to living vicariously through the skiers as they come off the race courses after winning a gold medal.

Who’s he rooting for?

“I’m an American and I’m from Vail, so Lindsey of course,” he said.

Dakin also volunteered at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga.

“It’s just neat to be in the epicenter of all the action and all the emotion,” he said.

Phil and Louise Hoversten from Vail will be in that epicenter as well. They’re planning to spend a week in Vancouver.

“I’ve always wanted to go and I haven’t been able to,” said Phil Hoversten, who has served on the Ski Club Vail board for more than 20 years. “We were asked to go with a group so that also inspired me.”

The Hoverstens will be staying in a condo at Whistler Blackcomb. They plan to watch the alpine events and do some skiing of their own during downtime. Phil Hoversten said he and his wife will have their eyes on Vonn and fellow Vail skier Sarah Schleper.

“We’ll just stand in the crowd, waving our American flags, and shout as loud as we can,” he said.

With them in the crowd will be Cheryl and Bill Jensen from Vail. Cheryl runs the Vail Veterans Program, and her husband is the Chief Executive Officer of Intrawest and former chief operating officer of Vail Mountain.

Cheryl Jensen has a few Olympic-watching experiences under her belt.

“The first time I had gone to any Olympics was in Salt Lake,” she said. “The atmosphere and energy and athleticism of the world’s best athletes is incredibly inspirational.”

In Vancouver, she plans to watch the men’s and women’s downhill events. She’ll be cheering on Vonn and Bode Miller.

“I think it’s captivating to be around the world’s best, especially in an Olympic setting,” she said.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.


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