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Vail’s Vonn honored by ski association

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Vail, CO Colorado

PARK CITY, Utah – In honor of Vail ski racer Lindsey Vonn’s achievements in the 2010 season, the World Cup champion was named as recipient of the Beck International Award, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s highest athletic honor. The award was presented during the organization’s annual USSA Chairman’s Awards Dinner Friday in Park City. Vonn is among a host of athletes, coaches, clubs and volunteers recognized by the USSA for their accomplishments this past season.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was named USSA Club of the Year.

The Beck International Award is presented annually to a competitor for outstanding performance in international competition during the past season. It is the single highest athlete honor in the organization.

“It’s incredible to be included in such a long list of amazing athletes. I’m truly honored,” said Vonn, who also won the award in 2008 following her first of three consecutive Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall titles. “Winning Olympic and World Championship medals is huge, but it’s one race on one day. The Beck Award is a lot like winning the World Cup overall title, it’s something that takes hard work and execution throughout an entire season to achieve.”

After two previous seasons of great results, Vonn again made history in the 2010 season, becoming the winningest alpine skier in U.S. history as well as the first American woman to win the Olympic downhill. En route to winning her third straight World Cup overall title, she also took globes in downhill, super G and super combined – a feat never before accomplished by an American. Vonn again amazed the world with her success in Vancouver as she won gold in the downhill, and a bronze medal in the super G.

In her nomination, USSA alpine leaders said, “Vonn is not only a great skier, but also a great role model as she exudes dedication, focus, talent, and is constantly striving to represent herself and her sport in a positive light.”

“In a year where we had 17 athletes win 21 Olympic medals, it’s a great challenge to identify one athlete as our USSA Beck Award winner,” said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. “But Lindsey’s accomplishments not only at the Olympics but in winning a third straight season-long Audi FIS World Cup title have elevated her to be one of our greatest athletes of all time and a role model for stars of the future.”

Consistently among the top competition clubs in America, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is the recipient of the 2010 USSA Club of the Year Award. This marks the first time the club has received the award.

From development levels all the way up to the World Cup and Olympics, SSCV’s athletes are top competitors. Club veteran Lindsey Vonn won her third consecutive World Cup overall title, as well as super G, downhill and super combined crowns to boot. They also have Men’s D-Team athlete Will Gregorak who was fifth overall in the NorAm Cup standings, fifth in downhill and super G standings and fourth in giant slalom standings. At the regional and divisional level they qualified one-quarter of the athletes of the Rocky/Central Region J2 National Team.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was cited for its outstanding staff, with Executive Director Aldo Radamus, as well as Alpine Program Director Karen Lancaster Ghent, 2009 USSA Domestic Coach of the Year, and Head Coach Dan Stripp. The club has set up a world class venue for its athletes and was able provide early season training for the division, region and the National Team this past season.

The club continues to set the bar high and challenge themselves to meet those high expectations, making everyone better around them.

“This recognition is a credit to the committment of the 75 coaches, teachers and administrators, hundreds of volunteers, supporters and most of all the nearly 450 young men and women whose hard work and achievement in alpine, cross country, freeride, freestyle skiing and snowboarding has resulted in this great honor. We aspire to continue to challenge ourselves and earn our place alongside the many great programs that are part of USSA,” Radamus said.

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