Lindsey Vonn talks training and TV

The Olympic gold medalist on skiing and 'Law & Order'.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Lindsey Vonn talks training and TV

Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn achieved another dream this year. She appeared on the season finale of her favorite TV show, Law & Order, which was the series finale since NBC is not renewing the 20-year-old hit. Vonn talked TV, sports and Maxim in a conference call with the media.



Q: How did you feel when Bob Costas announced that you’d be on Law & Order? 

Lindsey Vonn: That was a big surprise and I was so thrilled. He originally told me on the show that I was going to be a juror, but I think they upgraded me a little bit and had a pretty cool part, so I was so thrilled.


Q: You said you’d play a corpse a corpse on the show, but is having an actual character better? 

Lindsey Vonn: I think my character, Alicia, was a lot more fun to play than a corpse. Even though I would have been a corpse, I pretty much would have been anything to be on my favorite TV show, but I enjoyed being on the show tremendously and everyone there was so nice and so helpful. It was just an amazing experience.


Q: A real dream come true? 

Lindsey Vonn: Yes, definitely. To give you a little background as to how big a fan I am, one of the producers, Mo, sent me a gift back of Law & Order stuff. There was a Law & Order robe in it and I’ve been wearing it around since it came to the house.


Q: Is this the start of an acting career? 

Lindsey Vonn: Well, you know, right now I’m just really focused on my skiing career I had such a great time on Law & Order that if any opportunities like this arise in the future, I’d definitely be very interested.


Q: Had you done acting before and how nervous were you? 

Lindsey Vonn: Well, I’ve done commercials before but I’ve never done really any acting. I have to say it was a lot more nerve wracking to be on the set with my favorite characters on my favorite TV show than being in the start of a World Cup or Olympic Race. I honestly was just completely shaking. I had a grin from ear to ear. Actually when we were doing the takes, I couldn’t stop smiling. I was supposed to be a serious character that’s ratting out her boss so I couldn’t stop smiling. I don't know if I did a great job but I was definitely very happy to be on the show for sure.


Q: How did you get on the show and what was the process? 

Lindsey Vonn: Well, after Bob Costas told me on his show at the Olympics, it was just really a matter of coordinating and trying to figure out a time that I could do it and making sure that it wasn’t a time when I wasn’t skiing. I came to New York and they sent me a script and I memorized it and showed up on set. We kind of took it from there. I didn’t do any acting classes. There wasn’t any big preparation. I just kind of showed up. I hope I did an okay job.


Q: Why do you like the original Law & Order better than SVU or Criminal Intent? 

Lindsey Vonn: Honestly, the original Law & Order and SVU are my two favorites. I’ve always grown up watching Law & Order and Sam Waterston, he’s still in the regular Law & Order and I love watching him. Honestly it doesn’t matter. I love and watch all of the different Law & Order series.


Q: Would any other show have done it for you? 

Lindsey Vonn: Honestly, I’ve been hoping to be on the show for a long time. I don't know if any show really can compare to Law & Order for me. I’ve just been watching it since I was a little girl. I think the only other show I’d love to be on would be 30 Rock because it’s hilarious and I love all the characters on it. But Law & Order truly is my favorite and always will be.


Q: Were the actors impressed by you? 

Lindsey Vonn: I don't know. They were all just so nice. I talked to Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson a lot, Alana De La Garza was on the episode as well. They said congratulations and were so nice. They said they had watched me in the Olympics and of course that meant the world to me because I’m such big fans of them.


Q: What do you think of the news of NBC ending the original seires? 

Lindsey Vonn: What? Really? From what I understood is we’re waiting to see if it got picked up for next season. I don't know if it was necessarily cancelled completely. I of course am a huge Law & Order fan and I’d be devastated if the show got cancelled or stopped being made. I’ve got it on automatic Tivo and it’s what I watch before I go to bed and when I’m working out in the gym. I’d be devastated if it’s cancelled.


Q: Have you ever thought about hosting SNL? 

Lindsey Vonn: Wow, I don't know if anyone could do a better job than Betty White but I would definitely be interested in that. I love Saturday Night Live and it’s such a funny show. I don't know if I’m funny enough to be on it but definitely would be interested in doing it.


Q: How about Dancing with Stars? 

Lindsey Vonn: They asked me to be on this season but it conflicted with the world cup schedule so I would definitely love to do it. It’s just hard to find a time that I can do it.


Q: How has skiing prepared you for TV? 

Lindsey Vonn: I mean, I think being in high pressure situations like on a World Cup or the Olympics definitely makes you have to deal with your nerves. You have to be able to perform on the spot. I think that definitely helped me when I was trying to act on Law & Order. I think I still need to learn a lot about acting but definitely I think being in those high pressure situations in skiing definitely was a big help.


Q: And acting wasn’t scary? 

Lindsey Vonn: Oh no, in ever said that. I was very nervous. I was very, very nervous but everyone on set was so nice and so helpful. It made the whole experience comfortable and very easygoing. It was hard though because I was so excited just to be in the same room with all my favorite characters on my favorite TV show, I was grinning from ear to ear. It was hard to stop grinning. All the other actors were able to joke around between takes and as soon as they called action were serious. I was just really smiling and excited. I think the producer was scratching his head a little bit but I hope that he got the right takes in the end.


Q: What was the most memorable moment of doing the show? 

Lindsey Vonn: My most memorable moment of being on the show I think was at the end when after we were done filming, they asked me to see my Olympic medals and all the characters and cast put the medals on. It was so cool. I was standing there with my favorite characters hanging out with my Olympic medals. It was a very surreal moment and I’m so thankful for that. It was a very, very cool moment for me.


Q: When do you get ready for skiing again? 

Lindsey Vonn: Actually, I’m going to start working out on the same day that my episode airs, May 24. I’m going to hit the gym again and start with my 6 day a week, 16 hour day training program. Then we start on snow training in the beginning of August in New Zealand.


Q: Are you going to Austria? 

Lindsey Vonn: Yeah, I am. I think I’m going to go the end of June and beginning of July. I’ll be there for three weeks training with the Red Bull Team and be stationed in Austria, probably Salzburg for those three weeks.


Q: How hard was it to go back and complete the season after the Olympics? 

Lindsey Vonn: It was really hard. I think mostly because of my injury and also because of just having so much going on at the Olympics, it was kind of a little anti-climactic to finish out the season, but those two weeks were so important. I really had to refocus. I was fighting really hard for all the titles and I’m just really thankful that I was able to end the season well and clinch the overall title which was a big goal of mine for last season.


Q: If you were not a skier, what would you do? Or if your injury had taken you out of the sport permanently? 

Lindsey Vonn: I’m not sure. I honestly can’t imagine myself doing anything but skiing, at least for the moment. I think after my career I definitely look forward to starting a family and being a stay at home mom, maybe not traveling as much. Skiing is my passion and I love doing it. I hope I’m able to do it for the rest of my life.


Q: Would you do a reality TV series that follows you around? 

Lindsey Vonn: I’m definitely open to that idea. I don't know if it would be a great reality TV show but there’d definitely be a lot of interesting things going on. I mean, I’m open to anything honestly. You never know what’s around the next corner so - - no one’s ever asked me that question. I’m kind of floored.


Q: What is your favorite World Cup venue? 

Lindsey Vonn: St. Anton, Austria. It’s one of the most challenging downhill races I’ve ever competed in. it also has a great crowd. There’s always a ton of public there and a lot of great Austrain fans. It’s definitely my favorite place on the world cup tour.


Q: Where do you keep your medals at home? 

Lindsey Vonn: I keep it right next to my bed, both of them. I really don’t leave home without them. They’re just kind of a part of me. Now I can never leave them behind. They’re so special and it just reminds me of all the hard work that I put in and I keep reliving the joy of winning the downhill. It was a great


Q: How do you show different sides of you when everyone knows you as a skier? 

Lindsey Vonn: I enjoy just showing people other sides of me, especially everyone always sees me in my helmet and ski suit. It’s nice to just show everyone me, just me in my everyday clothes or just me in high heels or just me not in my ski gear basically. I’m so much involved in the ski world, it’s hard to really branch out and show people who I am outside of skiing. I’m trying to do that and keep the fans updated, just trying to write on Facebook and Twitter and let people into my life. I hope that helps to show another side of me.


Q: Aside from Whistler, what was your favorite Olympic moment? 

Lindsey Vonn: I think my favorite other Olympic moment in Vancouver was watching the men’s hockey final. That was a really cool game and so intense. There was so much patriotism from both sides. It was a very magical event.


Q: How was the photo shoot for Maxim? 

Lindsey Vonn: I actually think the magazine just came out today and it was one of the sauna shots from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoot that I did so the picture was already taken.


Q: Isn’t it great they include athletes on that list? 

Lindsey Vonn: I think it’s great. I think it really is good for women and kids just to know that you don’t have to be skinny. I feel like a lot of people these days in magazines are all so skinny. I think you need to have someone that is more athletic out there, that’s not necessarily me but I personally would like to see more athletes in magazines and prove to people you can be muscular and strong and healthy and still be attractive.


Q: Do you have any tips for aspiring skiers? 

Lindsey Vonn: Just to follow your dreams. If you have a goal and a dream and you want to achieve it, just work hard and do everything you can to get there. One day it will come true.


Q: What about training tips? 

Lindsey Vonn: It’s hard to give tips to skiers if I don’t know how they ski but I think the most important thing in skiing is you have to be having fun. If you’re having fun then everything else will come easy to you.