Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn has today been announced as the first Winter Youth Olympic Games Ambassador. One of the most successful Alpine skiers of all time, the American star, who has been hitting the slopes since she was two years old, will take a leading role in mentoring young athletes at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, in January 2012.
Now 26, Lindsey, who overcame injury to win Olympic gold in the women’s downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, understands the importance of having a strong role model to look up to. Recalling a memorable experience in her career, she says: “When I first met my hero, Picabo Street, it was a huge thrill and an unforgettable moment for me. She inspired me to become what I am today. If I can have half that effect on some of the young athletes I come into contact with, it will be worth it. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Lindsey’s appointment follows the success of the Summer Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors Usain Bolt, Yelena Isinbayeva and Michael Phelps.