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Lindsey Vonn to pitch Salt Lake City Winter Olympic bid to IOC


Lindsey Vonn will be part of a Salt Lake City Winter Olympic bid team meeting with the IOC at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, from June 15-16.

Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Games, is among the candidates to host the 2030 or 2034 Winter Olympics and is in a dialogue phase with the IOC, as are at least Sapporo, Japan, and Vancouver.

“We are focused on 2030,” Fraser Bullock, the president and CEO of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games, said in a board meeting Thursday. “Everything we do, every contract we sign, is all focused on 2030. But it also has a provision for 2034.”

Salt Lake City bid officials expect the IOC to choose a city or cities for a more targeted dialogue phase for at least 2030 in December and a host city election next May 30 or June 1.

The IOC keeps a flexible process on choosing its Olympic hosts. In the past, hosts were chosen via IOC members vote seven years ahead of time, and that could still be how the 2030 host is picked.

Vonn, who retired in 2019 as the most successful female Alpine skiing World Cup racer, made her Olympic debut at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games at age 17.

“She was instantaneously, ‘Absolutely! How can I be involved?'” Catherine Raney-Norman, the Salt Lake bid chair and a retired Olympic speed skater, said Thursday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “I think she’s going to share an incredibly unique experience as an athlete, as a global leader in sport, as a champion of mental health. And I think it’s going to be a huge thing.”

The Salt Lake City plan has called for using 100 percent existing venues, largely thanks to the 2002 Games, the last time that the U.S. put forth a Winter Olympic bid.

In December 2018, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chose Salt Lake City over Denver for a potential Winter Olympic bid. Entering the IOC dialogue phase more than two years ago showed the USOPC’s commitment to pursuing the city’s candidature.

If successful, the U.S. could host consecutive Olympics, given the 2028 Summer Games were awarded to Los Angeles. No nation has hosted back-to-back Olympics since World War II.

“We recognize the back-to-back Games are challenging,” Bullock said. “Geopolitically, it’s hard for the IOC to award back-to-back Games in the U.S., for ’28 and for ’30. We know that that’s hard. But we also recognize there are opportunities through back-to-back Games.”

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Watch Lindsey Vonn describe thrill, fear of downhill skiing in visual effects


Lindsey Vonn likened skiing downhill at 80 miles per hour to being in “The Matrix,” speaking in her 11-minute episode of “Greatness Code” on Apple TV+ that debuts Friday.

Vonn, the women’s World Cup record holder with 82 victories, is one of six athletes featured in the series’ second season.

The others are Brazilian Olympic skateboarder Letícia Bufoni, American Paralympic track and field athlete Scout Bassett, English soccer player Marcus Rashford, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson and NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace.

“Fear has never been in the equation for me. That’s why I’m a speed skier. That’s why I love downhill the most,” Vonn said in the episode, a first-person essay over race highlights and visual effects. “When you’re going fast, you don’t really hear anything. If you’re driving a car on the highway, roll your windows down, it’s a lot of noise. You’re almost in a vortex.”

Vonn narrated career highs and lows, from her 2010 Olympic downhill-winning run to blowing out her right knee in a 2013 World Championships crash to her Olympic farewell in 2018.

Since retiring in 2019, Vonn published a memoir, worked for NBC during the Olympics and World Cup season and said she still felt emotional pain months after being forced out of the sport at age 34 due to an accumulation of injuries.

“If I can remember what I was thinking during a race,” Vonn said in “Greatness Code,” “I probably didn’t win.”

The previous season of Greatness Code, in 2020, included separate episodes with Olympic champions Usain Bolt, Katie Ledecky, Shaun White, LeBron James and Alex Morgan, as well as surfer Kelly Slater and quarterback Tom Brady.

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Lindsey Vonn, more Olympic gold medalists join NBC Olympics broadcast team

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Lindsey Vonn is joining NBC as a primetime correspondent for the Beijing Winter Olympics, which open Feb. 4.

Fellow Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety (Alpine skiing), Kelly Clark (snowboard halfpipe) and Hannah Kearney (moguls) are also new additions to the broadcast teams for their respective events.

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion, retired in 2019 due to an accumulation of injuries over a near-two-decade career competing on the highest level.

“I’m excited to kind of give a different perspective,” said Vonn, the most successful female ski racer with 82 World Cup wins. “I think Michael Phelps was such a good addition to the Summer Games [as a correspondent in Tokyo], and I hope that I can bring the same perspective to the Winter Games. I’m definitely still going to be jealous of the competitors, but I’m excited.”

Last season, Vonn made her NBC Sports broadcast analyst debut calling World Cup speed races.

She previously served as a correspondent for TODAY and NBC Sports from the U.S. during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, when she was unable to compete due to knee injuries.

Vonn recently co-directed and executive produced “Picabo,” a film on the life of 1998 Olympic super-G champion Picabo Street, Vonn’s childhood hero. It debuts on Peacock on Friday.

Vonn also last week released her memoir, “Rise: My Story.” Read an excerpt here.

The first NBC Olympic primetime show is Feb. 3, one night before the Opening Ceremony, with events including live coverage of the figure skating team competition.

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