First Ever: Oakley’s Lindsey Vonn Named 2010 AP Female Athlete of the Year
Lindsey Vonn is kickin’ arse.
She’s not only the most successful female American skier in history. She’s also the first skier, male or female, to ever be named an Associated Press Athlete of the Year. Lindsey accepted the honors this past weekend, taking 77 of 175 votes submitted by news organizations that make up the AP’s membership, more than double what any other challenging female athlete totaled in the tally announced Saturday.
Gold and Bronze medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games – topped off by her three World Cup overall titles – helped seal the deal for Lindsey, who is coming off a couple of fresh World Cup wins (Downhill and Super Combined) in France.
“For sure, 2010 was the best year I’ve ever had,” Lindsey said. “It couldn’t have gone any better for me. Even if I just won the Olympic gold medal, that would have made it the best year of my career and the best day of my life, period. Winning the World Cup races and the overall title just topped it off.”
Here are a list of her killer accomplishments – compliments of the Associated Press:
- The first U.S. woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic downhill.
- A bronze medal in the Olympic super-G.
- The first woman with three overall World Cup titles in a row since Petra Kronberger of Austria in 1990-92.
- 11 World Cup race victories in the 2009-10 season, breaking her own American record of nine.
- Her downhill, super-G and super-combined titles made her the first American to win three World Cup disciplines in a single season.
- Her 35 career World Cup wins are more than any Alpine skier from the United States.
And the Olympic Committee is as stoked as we are.
“Her dominance is very impressive. It’s really a testament to her work ethic,” said U.S. Olympic teammate Ted Ligety, an Alpine gold medalist at the 2006 Turin Games. “I can’t really name anybody that works harder than she does.”
Lindsey’s hard work, success and promising near future points to one thing: She’s pushing to elevate her sport.
“Ski racing is an amazing sport, and if more people knew about it, we would have more people following it and more people doing it; not just ski racing, but skiing in general,” she said. “I do think it’s a part of my job as an athlete in the sport to try to promote ski racing as much as possible.”