Olympic Q & A: Lindsey Vonn, USA Alpine Skiing
Lindsey Vonn is one of the most successful female ski racers in American history. In fact Sports Illustrated just called her "America's Best Woman Skier Ever." She's also one of the most recognizable faces of the Vancouver Olympics and many are predicting numerous Gold medals coming Lindsey's way.
MindBodyGreen: Were you always athletic? When did you start skiing?
Lindsey Vonn: I started skiing at 2 and a half, and I was pretty fast right away! I think I was just trying to get to the bottom of the hill as quick as possible so I could get my hot chocolate.
MBG: If you couldn’t ski, what other sport would you like to play professionally?
LV: I would be a pro tennis player. Who knows, there is still time!
MBG: How have you grown since Torino?
LV: I have grown a lot since then. I think the experience was really good for me. I never have a problem getting back up and skiing again after a big crash but I felt like the Olympics in Torino was a turning point for me as far as realizing how important ski racing was to me and making me appreciate every opportunity that I have. One of the biggest changes is my marriage to Vonn (Lindsey refers to her husband Thomas as "Vonn"). He is my coach and my biggest cheerleader, but he is also the one to be honest with me and tell me where I need to improve. Having him with me on the hill has been a huge boost to my skiing.
MBG: How do you cross-train during the spring and summer?
LV: During the summer, I spent 6 weeks in Austria training with my Red Bull trainers every day, 6 to 8 hours. I do a lot of biking and cardio. On a sunny day we'd ride up in the mountains on some very steep climbs. I also do a lot of speed drills, play tennis and do hurdles -- lots of stuff to work on my agility and speed. And inside the gym it's very core focused.
MBG: Do you visualize your races before you compete?
LV: Yes, I always visualize the run before I do it. By the time I get to the start gate, I've run that race 100 times already in my head, picturing how I'll take the turns.
MBG: Favorite quote?
LV: "Everything happens for a reason" and "Carpe Diem!" And, "If you work hard, good things will happen." I have a couple mottos that inspire me .
MBG: Favorite guilty indulgence?
LV: Kaiserschmarrn if I'm in Austria, and when I'm in the US it is New York pizza
MBG: 20 years from now, what do you want to be remembered for?
LV: I'd like to be remembered for being a great ski racer that helped make the sport more popular in the US, but also just being a great positive role model for young kids. I think they need more of that these days.
MBG: What’s on your playlist before you race?
LV: I have a pretty eclectic mix on my iPod, I’d say most of it is probably rap music, Jay Z, TI, Lil’ Wayne, that kind of thing but there is also the trendy top 20 pop, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake. Anything that has a good beat I’ll listen to
MBG: Is there anyone you are looking forward to meeting at the Vancouver Olympics?
LV: Haha...I don't know, is Roger Federer going to be there? I wish I had time to go watch the other events and meet everyone, but the way my schedule is with 5 races and all the practices that go with them, I'm not sure who I'll have a chance to meet. If I get to meet some of the figure skaters that might be cool!
MBG: How will you celebrate after (hopefully) winning a Gold at Vancouver?
LV: The first few weeks after I probably won't have much time to celebrate -- I have two more weeks of World Cup races in Europe right after the Olympics, but after the season is over hopefully I'll have a party or two, perhaps a homecoming in Vail. They threw a great kick off party to the season earlier this year, it felt like everyone in the town was there, so I can't even imagine what a post Olympic party would be. And then who knows - a vacation would be awesome!
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