The International Association of Ski Journalists (AIJS) just elected Lindsey Vonn "Skieur d’Or 2009," a prestigious honor also known as the Serge Lang Trophy, named after longtime AIJS president and founder of the World Cup. Lindsey is only the tenth woman to have received the award since 1963.
Vonn, who has been racing since 2001 on the World Cup tour, fully deserved the trophy after her spectacular past season during which she celebrated a total of nine World Cup wins in four disciplines and set a new US women's career record with 22 World Cup victories.
“Lindsey, Aksel Lund and all the other skiers proposed this year by our colleagues are not only great athletes but also role models in their way to approach and practice their sport and we are very happy that a woman of her caliber will receive that award this year at Soelden,” said Patrick Lang, Vice-President of the AIJS and son of founder Serge Lang.
“There are not many women in the history of our sport who have been tougher and more demanding with themselves than Lindsey Vonn, who is truly an international star appreciated in all ski countries," Lang continued. "The fact that she also dedicated much time learning to speak German in order to communicate with her numerous fans in Europe and the German-speaking reporters is another example of her permanent search for perfection and her professionalism. We all wish her another successful season and as much fun as possible on the slopes and in her private life.”
Vonn is currently in Austria for the World Cup season opener in Soelden, which will take place on October 24-25.