VAIL, Colo.—Feb. 3, 2010—Vail Resorts has launched a new web site LindseyisEpic.com which gives ski racing fans an in-depth, behind-the-scenes account of Lindsey Vonn, the world’s fastest female skier and Vail, Colorado’s hometown hero. Having just clinched the World Cup title in the Super-G event with a resounding victory in St. Moritz last weekend, Vonn currently leads the women’s World Cup overall standings.
LindseyisEpic.com provides the most detailed background and insider’s view of Vonn’s endeavors this ski season including more than 20 webisodes and interviews with Vonn chronicling her successful ski career and season to date on the World Cup circuit. The weekly webisodes give fans an insightful perspective on Vonn’s dedication and drive to becoming a World Champion from preparing and training for World Cup events in her hometown Vail to pre-season ski fitness sessions in the gym and World Cup race footage as well other unique surprises about Lindsey, including being an owner of three cows and a goat. This week’s webisode, for example, highlights the extremely close friendship between Vonn and fellow World Cup skier, Maria Riesch from Germany who is currently in second place in World Cup overall standings. There’s even a one-hour interactive show on the site, “Epic Kids: Live with Lindsey!”, in which Vonn takes questions from kids in a live audience as well as those from around the world submitted via video on You Tube and posted on Facebook.
LindseyisEpic.com also features recent news, Vonn’s biography, upcoming races as well as additional anecdotal interviews about Vonn’s favorite spots in Vail, her experience on The Tonight Show and her famous banana bread recipe. New webisodes will be added every week through March, and the site will continue to be updated throughout the ski season with race results and other interesting trivia and information about this amazing winter athlete. Visitors are encouraged to leave Lindsey a message on the site to wish her luck this season and can follow Vonn up-to-the-minute via Twitter feeds, @LindseyIsEpic and @lindseyvonn, as well as on Facebook.
“LindseyisEpic.com truly gives ski fans across the world an exclusive vantage point of Lindsey’s epic quest this ski season and I encourage everyone visit the site, bookmark it and show their support for America’s most successful female skier,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “LindseyisEpic.com does an amazing job illustrating Vonn’s achievements as well as her passion for skiing which personifies the ideals of Vail Resorts. We could not be prouder to support our hometown hero and be by her side on her road to Vancouver.”
Vail Mountain has supported Vonn throughout her career and Vonn represents all of the Company’s five world-class resorts–Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly and the Epic Season Pass.
At just 25, Vonn’s career thus far can only be described as “epic”. Named “America’s Best Woman Skier Ever” on the February 8, 2010 cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine, Vonn is truly unique in being one of only a handful of racers who compete in five disciplines: Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super Combined. Vonn is the only American woman to have won two World Cup Overall titles, which she achieved consecutively in the 2008 and 2009 winter seasons. She has made the World Cup podium 60 times, the most of any U.S. female, including 31 victories. In the 2009 winter season, she achieved a record nine World Cup wins in a single season (and already has done the same so far this season). She holds the World Cup Overall and Downhill titles (2008 and 2009), the World Cup Super G title (2009 and 2010) and four World Championships medals: Gold in Downhill and Super G (2009) and silver in Downhill and Super G (2007).
Vonn competed in both the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games. At the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, she overcame a horrendous crash in a training run prior to the Downhill event, but went on to compete while injured, finishing in eighth place in the Downhill and seventh in the Super G. Vonn’s courageous performance earned her the U.S. Olympic Committee’s “Olympic Spirit” award.
While she was born in Burnsville, Minn. in 1984, Vonn considers Vail her “hometown” as she and her family commuted to Vail for training for several years before finally moving there permanently in the late 90s to further her racing career. Lindsey spent her formative years on Vail Mountain, honing her racing skills in all alpine disciplines with the Ski & Snowboard Club of Vail, then went on to achieve success in major U.S. and international events such as the Junior Olympics, Junior Worlds, NorAms and Europa Cup before entering the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup circuit.
When she’s not rigorously training or garnering medals, Vonn makes a beeline for Vail’s legendary Back Bowls to free ski and in the off season enjoys playing tennis (she is an enthusiastic fan of Roger Federer) and cycling. She and former teammate/Olympian Thomas Vonn married in September 2007. When they’re not traveling on the road, the Vonns will be making their home at the Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort in Vail, Colo.
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and the consumer website is www.snow.com.