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Lindsey Vonn Trades Skis for a Fishing Pole

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Though she hasn't officially announced her retirement, there's a good chance that the Olympic ski racing champion Lindsey Vonn, who dropped out of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games due to injury, may not make it to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. She told ESPN in late March that she plans to go for more Olympic medals down the road (hear that, Mikaela?), but it all depends on how her body heals. Only time will tell if she can truly have a comeback.

In the meantime, the 29-year-old is enjoying slowing things down a bit. One of her favorite pastimes involves a warm-weather sport that couldn't be more different from the high-speed adrenaline rush of bombing down a snow-covered mountain. Vonn has traded in her ski suit and poles for waders and a rod—that's right, she has gone fishing! And on June 7, she may debut her new skill-set at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, where she resides.

“I'm competitive with fly-fishing. I went fly-fishing with friends and I was the only one who caught fish,” Vonn says on a GoPro video posted on “I'm the fish whisperer. I just say, 'here fishy, fishy,' and they come to me."

GoPro Mountain Games can't confirm that Vonn will compete, but if she does, she may be part of the 2 Fly X-Stream event, including various fly-fishing challenges such as testing her casting abilities and accuracy on the waters of the Vail Valley. The top male and female anglers will receive $1,000 (though the well-sponsored athlete is likely not hurting for cash) and a snazzy Redington Vapen Red rod. The angler who catches the largest fish will receive $500 in cash and gear. Vonn is already the big fish in Vail's small pond. Catching her in action would be a prize in itself.


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