In 2005, Lindsey Vonn won a downhill race in Val d’Isere, France. Her prize? A cow that she named Olympe.
This year, a reindeer is up for grabs.
The second stop of the Alpine skiing World Cup tour will be Levi, Finland, on Nov. 16-17, where the slalom race winners will receive money, flowers and a Lapland reindeer.
The winners will name their own reindeers, after which they can follow their reindeers’ movements and adventures in Lapland during winter via pictures and social media. The winners have also an opportunity to greet their reindeers always during the World Cup Levi event.
Since the race is slalom, Vonn won’t be adding to her collection. She skipped Levi last year and said she does not plan on racing slalom events this season. It is her weakest discipline.
But another American may be the favorite in Levi. That’s Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, the reigning world champion and World Cup champion in the event. Shiffrin placed third in Levi last season.
Shiffrin also won the limited use of a red Audi RS5 sport coupe in a post-race party drawing last season.