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March 27, 2010 — Vail Resorts will host a homecoming celebration for Lindsey Vonn in Vail on Wednesday, March 31, the company announced Friday.
The Vail resident recently won Olympic gold and bronze medals in Vancouver and captured her third consecutive World Cup Overall title, making her the winningest U.S. ski racer of all time with 33 World Cup wins, including a U.S. record 11 this season.
The homecoming festivities will kick off at 3:30 p.m. in Vail Square, located in Lionshead. Supporters will be greeted with Lindsey Vonn commemorative pins and memorabilia as well as complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and entertainment including a DJ and jumbo screen videos of Vonn’s racing career highlights to date.
Guest speakers including co-president of Vail Resorts' Mountain Division John Garnsey, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Executive Director Aldo Radamus, Town of Vail Mayor Dick Cleveland and former Olympian Chad Fleischer will take the stage and introduce Vonn at approximately 4 p.m., followed by a special children’s press conference with the ski racing champion.
Guests who ride one of several exclusive “Welcome Home Lindsey” cars on the Eagle Bahn Gondola throughout the day can register to win one of five 2010-11 Epic 7-Pack Passes. Winners will be announced by Vonn at the conclusion of the homecoming celebration in Vail Square.
New this year, the Epic 7-Pack™(www.epicpass.com) is a seven-day unrestricted pass that skiers and snowboarders can use at any one of Vail Resorts’ five mountain resorts and Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of $449, or almost 35 percent off of a single-day lift ticket price.
“We could not be more proud to welcome Lindsey home to Vail after a season of unprecedented success on both the World Cup and Olympic stages,” said John Garnsey, co-president of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division and chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort.
“Lindsey’s unwavering work ethic and poised representation of our country, our community and alpine skiing continues to be an inspiration to all of us at Vail Resorts and particularly to the next generation of young athletes following in her tracks.”
Vonn fans can follow Lindsey through her ski racing career this past year via www.LindseyIsEpic.com. The site provides the most detailed background and insider’s view of Vonn’s endeavors this ski season, including 27 webisodes and interviews with Vonn chronicling her successful ski career and season to date on the World Cup circuit.
The webisodes give fans an insightful perspective on Vonn’s dedication and drive to becoming a World Champion, from preparing and training for World Cup events in her hometown Vail to pre-season ski fitness sessions in the gym and World Cup race footage, as well other unique surprises about Lindsey, including being an owner of three cows and a goat.
Vail Mountain has supported Vonn throughout her ski racing career and Vonn now represents all five of Vail Resorts’ world-class mountain resorts – Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly – as well as the revolutionary Epic Pass™, back for its third season providing unlimited, unrestricted access to all five Vail Resorts mountains as well as Arapahoe Basin for just $599 for adults and $299 for children ages 5 to 12.
In addition to the homecoming celebration for Vonn on March 31, Vail’s 2010 Winter Olympians – including four-time Olympian Sarah Schleper, Olympian Chris Del Bosco and Paralympian Ralph Green – will be recognized during Spring Back to Vail between free concert performances by Robert Earl Keen and Wyclef Jean on Saturday, April 17. Robert Earl Keen is scheduled to take the stage at approximately 5 p.m. (www.springbacktovail.com).
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