Lindsey Vonn: Skiing Champion at ACM Awards

admin | April 19, 2010 in Music | Comments (5)

The Academy of Country Music Awards are well underway.

Escorts scurry through hallways getting Miss “I Just Won” back to her predetermined seat in the audience after doing whatever backstage “what I forgot to say when I accepted my award” stuff she had to do.

The “I Can’t Believe It” band dances right behind her, not sure where they are headed, but not caring; they’ve never won anything…until now.

Mr. “I’m Happy To Be Nominated” backslaps Mr. “Sorry I Beat You” with congratulations, and he sincerely means every word of it.

It’s country music.  Most of us kinda know each other anyway.  No cut to a commercial before a fight breaks out stuff here; we are all, more or less, friends.

My boys and I are waiting outside the dressing room for our call to take the stage.  One dressing room for a lot of band boys – the girls have their own room – and it is getting a little tight.  So I wander out the door and into the hallway, tired of the nose-to-nose nature of the room…and there she is.

I can’t not speak.  We almost collided as she slunk past our door, a tall blond bombshell, gracefully wrapped in red…without the customary protective helmet and goggles.

I have to say…something.

“Well, hi!  I was just sharing a story about you earlier.  My name’s Jeff; I’ll be performing with Tim McGraw here shortly.”

Her name is Lindsey, she says.  Lindsey Vonn. 2010 Olympic champion.  Skiing’s rock star.  “So…what was the story?” she asks.

I give her the short version, pointing out her early start as a young skier at Buck Hill in Minnesota and my rudimentary experiences as a new snowboarder on the same mountain.  I note that we both finished up our seasons this year at Whistler, hers with an Olympic Gold medal, mine with more speed, sharper turns, and fewer bruises.

At the possibility of my potentially following her footsteps to a future Olympics…she laughs.  “It sounds like you are already on your way,” she offers, and then she hustles off on hers.

She is presenting tonight, and I’m sure that at any moment they are going to…

Tim McGraw band to the stage, please.”


5 Responses to “Lindsey Vonn: Skiing Champion at ACM Awards”

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  1. Comment by Barbara Theriot — April 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm  

    Way cool, Jeff! It’s awesome that you got to meet her. Again, love your stories.

  2. Comment by Kevin LeathersApril 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm  

    Awesome! The Buck Hill to Whistler story… nice job. Pretty sure she’s never heard that one. Olympic gold medalists are very high on my list… just below astronauts. Once again Road Dog Runner is in the right hallway at the right time!

  3. Comment by Christine — April 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm  

    How fun that you “literally bumped” into Lindsey Vonn at the ACM’s! And how ironic, that you had just shared your story about her on your Road Dog Runner Blog.

    Nice picture of the two of you, and WOW….is Lindsey TALL! She’s got you beat in that department for sure, Jeff! (But I’m sure she had some high heels on which added to her height.)

    I’d say this was one of those “special surprises” in life that you will always remember. What a fun night for you, and thanks for sharing.

  4. Comment by Stacy — April 20, 2010 at 11:59 am  

    Well, McMahon.. there is nothing like being in the right place at the right time, is there! I always love those moments and look forward to maybe having that one chance encounter… the kind you think you’ll never have. Well, McMahon meets Vonn… great! So happy for ya, Jeff and I must say she is a beauty, a tall beauty. Of course I won’t leave you out, you are very handsome in your head-to-toe black. Nothing like a “man in black.” Take care hun! Big hugs!

    Oh, and much to my surprise, I see I’ve made your site with my signage photo…lol! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully I’ll make it to a couple more and use my creativity to wow ya once more!

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