Earning gold and bronze medals - and winning most memorable post-run interview - Lindsey Vonn was the darling of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Combining her talents with her "marketable" looks (i.e. excruciatingly hot), Lindsey would go on to blitz the media world with TV appearances and magazine covers.
But what most people didn’t know was that behind the limelight, Lindsey was still very much the athlete, constantly training, and more importantly, constantly competing. The Olympics may only come every four years, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other skiing championships to win.
And that’s what Lindsey Vonn: In the Moment explores. The film follows Lindsey’s pursuit of her fourth FIS Alpine Ski World Cup title at Lake Louise, Canada, a skiing competition held annually that is arguably more challenging than the Olympics. In the history of the World Cup, Lindsey Vonn (pictured above with director Sean Fine) is the most dominant American female.
While it centers on the skiing competition, the documentary also delves deep into Lindsey Vonn. From meeting her hero - gold medal winning skier Picabo Street - as a child, to the sacrifices she made growing up as an athlete, to her marriage to pro skier-turned-personal coach Thomas Vonn, to her redemption at the Vancouver Olympics, and to her rigorous training regimen preparing for the World Cup, the director is able to expose facets of Vonn’s life not often seen.
In the film’s 60-minute span you are introduced to the person behind the accomplishment, a girl who pursued a dream. In a day and age where girls’ role models are limited to females whose fame came from reality shows or “home” videos, it’s refreshing to show that hard work and determination can pay off.
After the screening of the film at Red Bull HQ, Lindsey opened up for a Q&A session:
In the film, your training is grueling and long. What drives you to train so hard?
Thinking about what my competitors are doing and what I’m not doing.
"I still have at least one more Olympic competition in me..."
What’s the hardest part of being an athlete?
Dealing with the media, especially when it comes to injuries. I had a concussion this year and the European media said I was faking it. Luckily, the U.S. media has been kinder to me.
If you could go back in time and talk to yourself when you were younger, what would you say?
I would like to tell her that she’s on the right track. I had a lot of self doubt growing up - I had no friends and was awkward, with a perm and bangs - so I’d like to reassure my younger self.
Have you thought about what your life would be like post-competition?
I still have at least one more Olympic competition in me, but after competing, I would like to start a family and a charity.
What's your favorite place to ski?
I’m biased because I grew up there, but I have to say Vail. In Europe there are hills with only one T-bar lift. Vail, on the other hand, is a huge resort with so many different runs. Plus Vail has the best powder.
What do you do for fun?
I’ve been playing a lot of dance games on the Xbox 360 Kinect. I spent six hours in one day. My husband would tell you how I had a heart rate monitor hooked up to me to see how much work it was.
Look for Lindsey Vonn: In the Moment in HD on the Epix channel.