The winner of the Princess of Asturias Award for Sports 2019 is the former American skier Lindsey Vonn. «For his extraordinary contribution to the world of sports, for his ability to overcome adversity and for his commitment to future generations», assured Abel Antón, president of the jury. The prize goes finally to a woman, after having won men or competitions in the last nine editions, like the New York marathon. The last one that had conquered it was the pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva in 2009. The list of winners also includes the tennis players Steffi Graf (1999), Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1998), Martina Navratilova (1994) and the athlete Hassiba Boulmerca (1995). It was a good opportunity to value women's sport, but not because of it, but because of merit, and Lindsey Vonn gives the perfect profile. An award often criticized for not knowing the exact criteria of choice has given this time with a winner who meets all the requirements. Vonn is considered the best skier in history, with 82 victories in the World Cup, eight medals in World Championships (two gold, three silvers and three bronzes) and three in the Olympic Games (one gold and two bronzes). His career is also an example that falling is just the excuse to get up again. Because not everything has gone face to face on the skis. The life of the one who was considered the queen of the snow, a woman who captivated with her smile, changed in 2013 due to a fall that destroyed her right knee. Who else, who least doubted that could return to compete. She does not. Through the social networks she showed how her recovery was going, she was willing to reach the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but she did not succeed because in a training the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee was broken again. It seemed the end. It was not. This time he decided to look for "help" and adopted a dog named Leo, who also had knee problems because he had been hit by a car. Together they would overcome their problems, and Vonn soon returned to winning the World Cup.
She also won a new Olympic bronze medal in Pyeongchang 2018. In that appointment, another bitch of his was protagonist, Lucy, since he accompanied her to Korea and was even the object of some meme of the American team. In between, Vonn suffered another ugly fall, as evidenced by the large scar he has in his right elbow. Last February ended his career, after adding a new third place in the World Cup. "I can not take it anymore," he said. And she became an ideal candidate for the Princess of Asturias, since apart from all her merits she could be present at the awards ceremony in Oviedo, which takes place in October. The double Olympic champion of sailing Theresa Zabell was the one who presented the candidacy, taking into account in addition to her ability to slip through the snow at 150 km / h, the social work of the skier, who through her foundation fights for the empowerment of the young girls, to whom he gives courses. Vonn received the news of the award with enthusiasm. At 34, she is dedicated to her business, she has changed the snow for the sun, being the image of a swimsuit brand, and her dream is to be an actress in an action movie.
. (tagsToTranslate) francisco martínez