It could be something about the name, or maybe the fact that they each dominate their respective sports, but both Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountian, VT) have each been nominated for the 2009 Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award. It is one of the most prestigious awards in sport.
Vonn’s nomination comes on the heels of a record-breaking season, which included securing both the World Cup overall and downhill titles for the second consecutive winter, as well as the World Cup super G title.
Adding to the highlight reel, Vonn swept gold in downhill and super G at the February FIS Alpine World Championships in Val d’Isere, France, then cruised to her 19th World Cup win just two weeks after having a tendon in her right thumb surgically repaired. The victory officially gave her the crown of most successful female alpine skier in American history.
Despite skiing the remainder of the season with a splint on her hand Vonn captured five more World Cup victories following the World Championships to end the season with a U.S. record (male or female) nine wins in a single season. She has won World Cup races in every discipline except giant slalom.
Jacobellis’ recognition is the result of another banner season in which the dominating SBX racer earned her second snowboardcross World Cup overall title, winning five of the season’s nine competitions, as well as garnering one podium to boot.
She also took to the world’s stage in Aspen as she won the fifth X Games gold medal of her career. By the time the season was complete, Jacobellis had amassed enough SBX World Cup wins and podiums to mark her as the most successful snowboardcross athlete, male or female, in the world.
Fans are able to vote online for the 2009 Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year at www.womenssportsfoundation.org until midnight on Aug. 9.