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TV appearance was ‘nerve-wracking’ for Vail’s Vonn

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VAIL, Colorado – Racing down a mountain in front of thousands of people is a piece of cake for Lindsey Vonn. But acting in “Law and Order,” her favorite show ever? That’s scary.

“I’ve done commercials before, but never done any acting,” said Vonn, who will appear as a guest star in the May 24 season finale. “I have to say it was a lot more nerve-wracking to be on the set with my favorite characters than being in the start gate for the World Cup or the Olympics.”

Vonn, the Vail resident who won the Olympic downhill gold at the Vancouver games in February, will play the role of a secretary who provides a key clue in solving the case. But she said should would have played any part to be on the show, including a dead body.

“I think my character, Alicia, was a lot more fun to play than a corpse, even though I would have been a corpse,” she said. “I would have been anything to be on my favorite TV show.”

Vonn is still traveling the world following her successful season, in which she not only won the gold in the downhill but also won an Olympic bronze in the super-G and her third straight World Cup overall title.

Earlier this month, she hobnobbed with celebrities such as Betty White, Morgan Freeman and Katie Couric at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

But Vonn will soon return back to her rigorous training schedule. She’ll be hitting the gym six days a week, six hours a day starting May 24 – the same day her “Law and Order” episode airs. She will begin on-snow training in the beginning of August in New Zealand.

While Vonn said she’s open to doing more TV shows – she said she would consider her own reality show or even hosting “Saturday Night Live” – she said her No. 1 focus remains skiing.

“I honestly can’t imagine myself doing anything except skiing, at least for the moment,” Vonn said. “After my career, I’m looking forward to starting a family and being a stay-at-home mom. Maybe not traveling as much.”

This may have been Vonn’s last chance to be on “Law and Order.” Reports emerged Thursday that the long-running series had been canceled. Vonn said she hoped that wasn’t true.

“I would be devastated if it is canceled,” Vonn said.

This week, it was announced that Vonn appears in the Maxim Magazine’s “Hot 100” list. She is No. 59.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or

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