“And I Said No”- Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn Reveals Her Favorite Prized Possession

Published 05/06/2022, 12:13 PM EDT
VAL-D’LSERE, FRANCE – DECEMBER 20: (FRANCE OUT) Lindsey Vonn of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Downhill on December 20, 2014 in Val-d’Isere, France. (Photo by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Million-dollar paychecks for appearing in boxing events, expensive champagnes for F1 race winners, the list is endless. When an athlete wins a competition, prize money is an interesting aspect of all the competition. Apart from basking in the glory, prize money is also an important aspect. However, imagine the grand prize being a cow. And Lindsey Vonn loved that idea.

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This happened at Val d’Isere in 2005 when Vonn won the downhill competition and received a cow as the grand prize. When the organizers tried to cash in for the cow, Vonn wanted to keep it and it was a beautiful moment. This was one of the best moments in the Alpine Skiing competition. Hence, she spoke about that moment.

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Lindsey Vonn loved her new pet

Seeing the cow at the finishing line, she wanted to take her home and cherish the lovely moment. In a recent interview, she talked about how unique it was to have her own cow and loved the idea. She still speaks gleefully about that race and her lovely gift.

“It was a crazy race, I actually saw the cow in the finish and I was like I want to win today so I get this cow. And then it was kind of like a promotional thing and they were like we want to give you a check and give us the cow back. And I said no!”

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The cow’s name is Olympe as it was an Olympic year. Being excited to get the cow, she revealed about wanting a pet cow. But, she spoke about how the organizers wanted to give the cow back and give a check instead. Vonn pleaded with the organizers to not take the cow away. Thus, making the moment memorable for her.

Her love for cows

Soon after, she revealed how she now has a lot of cows with her. Starting with one, she now has a small herd of cows and she just loves it.

“You told me I could keep the cow. So I kept the cow, negotiated for the cow and I actually have like six, seven cows. Maybe more. I’ve got quite the herd,” said Vonn.

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Olympe has her own nook now, and she shares her home with others.

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As for Lindsey, it was a heartwarming moment for her to get a lovely pet instead of a trophy.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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