I met Lindsey a few years ago at the ESPY awards, and it’s been great to see the success she has achieved: four world overall ski championships and Olympic gold. We can relate to each other because our sports are so similar, given the speed involved and the concentration level required. There’s an immediate level of respect when you meet someone who knows what you go through.
Both of our sports are amazing on television but better experienced in person. When you see what we do up close, you get a better understanding of how on the edge we are all the time. One-tenth of a second can be the difference between 20 places on the scoreboard, so every lap or downhill run, you’re as close to out of control as you can be.
We’re witnessing history with Lindsey’s accomplishments. She again won the World Cup downhill crown this year despite a season-ending knee injury in February. We should all wish her a speedy recovery so she can wow us again when she returns for the World Cup season and the Sochi Olympics.
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