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Vonn named Competitor of the Year

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame in Vail recently announced Ski Club Vail product Lindsey Vonn, the overall World Cup alpine ski-racing champion last season, won the organization’s first Competitor of the Year Award.

The new award recognizes an athlete with Colorado ties who has distinguished him or herself international competitive snow sports, and Vonn did so in a huge way last season, becoming only the second American woman and fourth American ever to win the overall World Cup title.

Vonn, a two-time Olympian, won six World Cup races last season en route also to claiming the downhill discipline title. The 23-year-old Park City, Utah, resident has won 13 World Cup races in her career, just five behind the legendary Tamara McKinney, who was the best American woman racer ever with 18 career wins.

The award will be presented during the Hall of Fame induction in Denver at the Marriott City Center Oct. 18, which also happens to be Vonn’s 24th birthday. It’s unlikely, however, that she’ll be able to attend because of the annual World Cup opener in Soelden, Austria, in October.

“I’m honored,” Vonn said. “I remember going (to the Ski Museum) when (teammate) Sarah Schleper had a party there before she went to the Salt Lake Games, and I remember it being really special and seeing so much ski history at the museum. It was really cool and I’ve never gotten an award from the museum before.

“It’s very special, and it’s great to be a part of the community and have them recognize me and have my peers support me that way. It’s awesome.”

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