Lindsey Vonn’s touching phone call with young fan caught on video

One of the greatest thrills for a kid is to receive an autograph or perhaps a handshake from a major sports star, so when 11-year-old Kristina Wolff received a personal call from her longtime idol, world-class ski racer Lindsey Vonn, she was … well, watch the video and witness for yourself the touching interaction between the two and Kristina brimming over with joy and excitement:

This came about after Kristina’s parents had phoned the Red Bull consumer affairs office to inquire about receiving a signed photograph from Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist and the most successful female ski racer in U.S. history.

Red Bull is one of Vonn’s major sponsors and during one of the athlete’s visits to company headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., she graciously agreed to place the call and chat with to Kristina, a budding ski racer who lives in New Hampshire. Kristina’s parents knew the call was coming but Kristina was told only that she should stay up a little longer because someone special might be calling.

Fortunately, Kristina’s parents videotaped that end of the call with a cellphone. Red Bull, of course, videotaped Vonn making the call, and the result is a two-way conversation — followed by a classic epic display of emotion at the end of the video — that went public on Wednesday and is sure to tug at the heartstrings of viewers from around the world.

Kristina, of course, will cherish those moments for years to come.