It was mid-November, and Lindsey Vonn was reclining at Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado. A knit hat pulled snugly over cascading blond hair, she gazed into a video camera and offered an easy smile. Her teeth were remarkably white, arranged like a perfect set of ivory keys on a grand piano. In her lap was a folded piece of paper containing lines of text – a collection of sentences for an Olympics promo going into Vancouver's Winter Games. Her eyes swept across the page, then halted. In a brief second, her expression grew long and dubious.
She turned the lines of text toward the producer and pointed to one line.
"Can I say something different than 'I've got my sights set on Olympic gold'?" she asked. "I'd rather say something else."
It was a simple, seemingly innocuous request. But it carried a subtle but distinct pushback. The Vancouver Games were months away, but expectations were already beginning to gather over Vonn like thunderheads. This wasn't just a Winter Olympics anymore.Read More »from Vonn races toward history