SSCV hails Vonn’s win
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL – As the 2012 J3 Rocky/Central Junior Championships were taking place in Vail Friday, news was breaking that Ski and Snowboard Club Vail alumna Lindsey Vonn had clinched the World Cup overall title after winning a giant slalom in Are, Sweden.
Vonn raced for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) as a junior athlete, winning the very event being hosted at Vail this week.
With five World Cup races left to go this season, the clinching of the overall title so early in the year is a landmark achievement for Vonn, who also became the only American ever to win four World Cup Overall titles.
And the significance of such an achievement was not lost on SSCV.
“She was an overall champion and an individual champion here at this event, so that says there may be a future overall world cup champion out here right now,” said John Cole, an announcer for the event and the strength and conditioning Director for SSCV. “To be able to have those top 13- and 14-year olds in our back yard is a pretty big deal for us.”
The J3 Junior Championships in Vail are a gathering of the top 13- and 14-year-old athletes from 18 states within the regions of the U.S. deemed “Rocky” (Rocky Mountain states) and “Central” (States in the midwest area of the U.S.) Vonn’s winning of the overall title validates the depth of the talent pool in those regions especially, as she actually competed in both the Rocky — with SSCV — and Central divisions as an athlete for the Buck Hill ski club in her birth state of Minnesota before moving to Vail as a teenager.
“While she was born in Burnsville, Minn., in 1984, Vonn considers Vail her ‘hometown,'” Vail Resorts, one of Vonn’s sponsors, detailed Friday in a press release. “Lindsey’s work ethic, preparation and dedication to excellence both on and off the mountain are simply unstoppable and we cannot wait to continue to watch her achievements for years to come.”
Cole said the SSCV athletes were ecstatic to hear the news.
“She’s such a huge part of the Vail community and the ski club organization, she’s always mingling with the athletes and very approachable,” said Cole. “She’s very much a part of the Vail family and the kids just love it when she’s around.”