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Lindsey Vonn Named 2010 Female Athlete of the Year

Lindsey VonnVonn is the first skier to be awarded by the Associated PressChampion alpine ski racer, Lindsey Vonn, is the 2010 Female Athlete of the Year, as chosen by members of the Associate Press. She is the first skier to ever obtain such a prestigious award.

“For sure, 2010 was the best year I’ve ever had,” Vonn said. The 26-year old seemed to be the center of attention this year during the Vancouver Olympics, where she became the first U.S. female to win a gold medal in the downhill competition.

“Even if I just won the Olympic gold medal, that would have made it the best year of my career and the best day of my life, period,” she said. She continues to excel in the sport, including her 35 World Cup wins, an accomplishment she has won more than any other Alpine skier in the United States.

Of the 175 votes that were submitted by news organizations and members of the AP, Vonn received 77 votes. This was more than double what any other athlete received.

Vonn’s comrades support her success. “I can’t really name anybody that works harder than she does,” U.S. Olympic teammate, Ted Ligety, said. “Her dominance is very impressive.”

Since the announcement of her award, Vonn spent Christmas with husband, Thomas as well as her friend and ski rival, Maria Riesch in Germany.

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