Title: Off to the Races: Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn

Description: With her injury behind her, and Tiger Woods on her team, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has finally found balance in a life spent constantly on the move. One of the most surprising images in the press all spring was that of an injured Lindsey Vonn—still recovering from a horrifying crash at the world championships in February—in a floppy Kentucky Derby hat or giant sunglasses and a sundress, following her boyfriend, Tiger Woods, around the storied golf courses of America. (Is this a great country, or what?) Seeing Vonn being chauffeured around in a golf cart to watch Woods as he made (or missed) a putt, one was reminded that this world-class skier has chosen a mate whose sport could not be more different from her own—though it may be the only one that is more difficult to spectate. “I’m lucky to see one shot a hole!” says Vonn, laughing. “When he comes to watch me ski, he’s just gonna be cold. But he’ll be able to see because of the Jumbotrons. Plus, my sport is over in a matter of minutes. His is a marathon that lasts forever. This round last weekend was over five hours! But I’m getting used to it.” It is 7:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in early June, and we are having breakfast at her hotel in downtown Manhattan. Thankfully, a cup of coffee has brought Vonn back to life, because a few moments ago, she came shuffling off the elevator, still rubbing the sleep out of her eyes, looking for all the world like a cranky teenager—albeit one with glamorous blonde bed head. As do most superathletes who have trained their whole lives to perfect one skill to the exclusion of nearly every other, but who have also traveled the globe and seen it all, she comes across as both childlike and world-weary. When she flopped down on the banquette—wearing a wrinkly-gauzy red button-down, tight blue jeans, and black Tory Burch loafers—she propped her head up in her hands and looked as if she was going to fall back asleep. I had assumed that the champion who is widely regarded as the greatest female skier in American history would be a morning person. “I get up early,” she says, “but it doesn’t mean I like getting up early.” As her younger sister Laura later tells me, “That is how she is. If there is a day off, she’s sleeping. She loooves to sleep.”

Link: http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/off-to-the-races-olympic-skier-lindsey-vonn/#1