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Vonn loves Vail, training on Head skis

Vail, Colo. – Lindsey Vonn is a popular girl these days … especially in Vail.

Vonn was welcomed back to her new-old hometown Friday by hundreds of fans, spectators and fellow athletes who gathered to cheer her on for the upcoming Olympic season.

In addition to old Vail friends such as Ski and Snowboard Club Vail director Aldo Radamus and teammate Sarah Schleper, fellow ski racing heros Tamara McKinney, Cindy Nelson and Christin Cooper were also among the throng that enjoyed some video compilations reminiscing on Vonn’s early days in Vail learning to race – hiking Mushroom Bowl – one of the ski area’s out-of-bounds areas – and having snow caked on the base of her skis before winning her first international competition as a child.

“I’m so so psyched to be back in the Vail Valley,” Vonn said to the same caliber of cheering and cowbells to which she’s accustomed on the World Cup. “It’s so good to be here. It was pretty funny watching all those comments, it reminds me of all the great times I had in Vail growing up. Those experiences made me who I am today. You guys have taught me how to be a ski racer.”Vail, Colo. – Lindsey Vonn is a popular girl these days … especially in Vail.

Vonn was welcomed back to her new-old hometown Friday by hundreds of fans, spectators and fellow athletes who gathered to cheer her on for the upcoming Olympic season.

In addition to old Vail friends such as Ski and Snowboard Club Vail director Aldo Radamus and teammate Sarah Schleper, fellow ski racing heros Tamara McKinney, Cindy Nelson and Christin Cooper were also among the throng that enjoyed some video compilations reminiscing on Vonn’s early days in Vail learning to race – hiking Mushroom Bowl – one of the ski area’s out-of-bounds areas – and having snow caked on the base of her skis before winning her first international competition as a child.

“I’m so so psyched to be back in the Vail Valley,” Vonn said to the same caliber of cheering and cowbells to which she’s accustomed on the World Cup. “It’s so good to be here. It was pretty funny watching all those comments, it reminds me of all the great times I had in Vail growing up. Those experiences made me who I am today. You guys have taught me how to be a ski racer.”

Vonn will be staying in Vail for many of her few days on American soil in coming months, prior to the U.S. Ski Team’s September training in Chile and in November, when she’ll be training at Vail before the women’s World Cup in Aspen.

Good times on Head skis
The two-time overall World Cup winner is fresh off the U.S. Ski Team’s first on-snow training session of the season at Coronet Peak, New Zealand, where she said it was great to be back on skis and that, although a contract has not been signed, she spent her time there testing GS and slalom skis from Head.

“They were awesome,” she said. “The GS skis, right away from the very first run I was skiing really, really well. A lot better than I ever had before which was really encouraging. We went down a couple of days early to try it out. It was really easy to make the transition. I’m looking forward to Portillo (Chile) trying the super G and downhill skis.”

For more information on Vonn, be sure to check out Ski Racing’s new digital magazine, making its debut in September 2009.

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