Lindsey Vonn is a downhill skier. A very good one. A gold medalist and a four-time overall winner of alpine skiing’s World Cup. She’s world-famous. People know her.
But the Denver Broncos apparently don’t really know what she does. Vonn moved from Minnesota to Vail, Colorado when she was 12 years old and has been a Broncos fan ever since. This offseason, she hung out with some of the Broncos (she and Von Miller rehabbed their knees together back in 2013) and it became clear to her that a lot of Broncos mostly don’t understand her job.
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Here, from an interview with
AD: You’re at the pinnacle of your sport. Are you able to take anything from watching the Broncos?
LV: I do take some from them. Not often, but I’ve trained a couple times up in Los Angeles with some of the football players, and Von [Miller] was there, too. I don’t know, it’s just interesting for me to see what they do. It’s different obviously. Different sports, but they’re strong and I want to be stronger and so I just try to learn what I can and see if there’s anything I can take away from it. I definitely took some exercises from their program and implemented it into mine. I definitely learned some stuff.
AD: I saw you were hanging out with Bradley Roby earlier this summer. Has it been nice to get to know some of the players away from the field?
LV: Yeah, definitely. I learned that he’s not that good at Ping-Pong [laughter]. But we still won, so it’s totally fine. It’s nice to be able to socialize and interact with these guys when they’re not on the field and focused. I feel like all athletes have so much in common that you just get along well and it’s easy to be friends with these guys. They’re all super cool.
AD: Are they in awe of what you’re able to do?
LV: I don’t think so. Most of them don’t know what I do, necessarily. I feel like Von knows a little bit more because we did our knee rehabs together. So he’s been around me more and he knows how hard I work. But some of the guys are like, “What do you do, like body-weight squats?” I’m like, “Nah, guys. That’s not what I do.”
Despite the players’ lack of knowledge, despite Roby’s weak ping-pong skills, and despite the lack of convenience in conjunction with her skiing schedule, Vonn said she still plans on making it to a few Broncos games this season.