Linking Turns: Vonn says goodbye, Swedish racers save a life and beginners come out in droves

Midwest Ski Journal likes to highlight a few pieces of skiing internet worth your time in Linking Turns. Find the best, most important, least important and otherwise links here each week. 

This week we take a look at Lindsey Vonn’s decision to hang up the boots, a trio of Swedish ski racers who saved the life of a volunteer inside a gondola and the numbers from Learn to Ski or Snowboard Day in the U.S.

TURN 1: Lindsey Vonn to retire from ski racing after world championships in Sweden (Associated Press/FOX 9)

After an attempted comeback, Vonn’s knees have told her once and for all that enough is enough.

This piece from the AP was written before her final race last weekend in Sweden, but still reflects on Vonn being the winningest World Cup ski racer in history.

Vonn says “my body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen.”

Associated Press/FOX 9

Of course, Vonn famously took some of her first racing turns at Minnesota’s Buck Hill. While she wasn’t long for Midwest vertical, moving to Vail as a child, the Midwest still claims her as our own.

TURN 2: Swedish skiing teammates help save man’s life before World Cup training (Associated Press/ESPN)

When a German volunteer at a World Cup training event went into cardiac arrest, a pair of skiers saved his life.

The scariest part is that the incident happened inside a gondola, so the only way to save him was to get him to the top. It must have been a terrifying 10 minutes, which the AP outlined the story on ESPN.com.

The racers performed CPR on the man until help arrived when they reached to the top of the course.

Despite the traumatic event, the skiers all competed in the event and one even took a 2nd place podium spot. They were Lisa Hoernblad, Lin Ivarsson and Helena Rapaport.

TURN 3: 6,200 Beginner Lessons Took Place on National Learn to Ski or Snowboard Day (SnowBrains)

This is what we love to hear from our friends at SnowBrains.

National Learn to Ski or Snowboard Day was last month and organizers say over 6,200 lessons took place that day.

One Midwestern hill was high on the list, too.

This year, Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain reported the most lessons specifically related to the special promotion with 302. Chestnut Mountain (Ill) reported 275, Wachusett Mountain (MA) tallied about 250, Ski Butternut (MA) reported 237, Mt Hood Meadows (OR) reported 235 and Mountain Creek (NJ) had 224.

SnowBrains

At MSJ, the only thing we love more than skiing is other people skiing, too. It’s so great to hear that beginners are still getting to the slopes to enjoy the sport which we love. Everybody, including the pass-holding, die-hard skiers, benefit from days like this. Here’s to continued growth, especially across our Midwestern hills.

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