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Lindsey the Great

December 4, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

A lot happened in sports today. To name a few, Rafa Nadal beat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro to bring Spain their their David Cup in four years; Tiger Woods won a tournament for the first time in over two years (though not a regular tour event, and with a field limited to 16 players); the BCS college football bowl pairings were announced; the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants on a game-ending field goal to win their twelfth game of the season against no losses. But what seized my imagination was Lindsey Vonn’s third win in three days at Lake Louise.

Just three days after announcing that she and her husband Thomas are divorcing, Vonn won Friday’s downhill by the huge margin of 1.95 seconds over Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather. Yesterday, she won another downhill, this time by 1.65 seconds over Marie Marchand-Arvier of France. And today, in the super-G, she completed the weekend sweep, edging the Austrian Anna Fenninger by just 0.19 seconds. (See video above.)

The three wins bring her career total to 45, moving her ahead of Swedish great Anja Pärson to fourth all alone in career World Cup victories, one behind Austrian Renata Götschl. At age 27, she has plenty of time to close the gap on Swiss Vreni Schneider (55 victories) and Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll (62 victories).

Regular readers know that skiing is normally not part of Ron’s View’s bailiwick. Indeed, when I started this post, I looked through the Ron’s View categories, anticipating that I would have to add a new one. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that skiing was there already. On further investigation, I find that I have put only one post in the Skiing category. And guess who it’s about? Yes, Lindsey Vonn, whom I wrote about just last December. I’m a bit embarrassed that I didn’t remember this.

It’s a mystery to me why she isn’t getting more attention. Well, I don’t mean to be naive. I know women in sports are never going to get much coverage, especially during such a crucial football-filled weekend. I could write at length about the terrible hole that women’s golf has fallen into, with fewer and fewer events, more and more of them played in Asia, and less and less live coverage. Plus, when it comes to skiing, or track and field, or swimming and the other “Olympic” sports, one can’t expect coverage in non-Olympic years. That’s just the way it is.

But still. Lindsey’s special. Let’s see more of her.

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