The Lindsey Vonn Under Armour Ski Collection previews in Canada for global launch
Olympic and world champion skier Lindsey Vonn might have been born in Minnesota, but we just know that her heart is Canadian. Especially after getting a sneak peek the Lindsey Vonn Under Armour Ski Collection.
Take the launch, which was previewed to select media (including Best Health) on November 29. It was held in Lake Louise, Alta. at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It’s dubbed “Lake Lindsey” because of how many wins she’s had on these ski hills – 14 to be exact.
The successful skier currently holds 77 wins, making her nine shy of the record for men and women. And while she didn’t say she was retiring soon, she did hint that beating this record is a big goal for her before she stops skiing competitively.
“We are in it to win it – sounds cheesy but it’s true,” says Vonn about how her training team is prepping for this season including the Audi World Cup, which happens two days after her ski clothing launch in Lake Louise. “I’m a veteran. I’m smarter, I’d like to think,” she says with a laugh. (She admits rest is a big part of her recovery, sleeping about 10 hours a night. We bet she wears these PJs.)
The launch and the preview
Amid flashing bulbs, Vonn talked about this recent passion project as something that was really representative of her own personal style. Nipped-in waists on jackets, shiny leggings, cutsie toques – the Lindsey Vonn Under Armour ski collection is pretty much what you would expect from her.
The six pieces are available come January 2018 but are offered in a presale on November 30 with boarder-free shopping. The point of the collection for her is to combine function with style, as well as to be worn on the slopes and at the lodge. (Did you know that skiing does this for the body?)
Vonn collaborated with Under Armour designer Nick Cienski, where she envisioned details like camo, iridescent purple, ombré copper and rose gold hardware like zippers and stitched on metal logos. And that is likely what the average person might notice in the Lindsey Vonn Under Armour Ski Collection. But for a Canadian, we see nods to our homeland.
“I wanted this to be something totally different, something you wouldn’t see on the market,” says Vonn. And, yes, we noticed.
Canadian touches in the Lindsey Vonn Under Armour Ski Collection
Take the UA Louise Jacket. The asymmetrical front zip puffer coat is warm, which any skier and anyone who experiences the average Canadian winter would appreciate. But it is named after Lake Louise, where Vonn has stood on the podium 25 times. The linings print also list her wins – you will see Canada in there, too.
The UA Sicario Legging is a bold piece made with iridescent and functional four-way stretch fabric. That’s where she had what would be for most a career-ending crash, tearing the ligaments in her right knee. But her first win after the injury was the women’s World Cup Downhill Skiing in Lake Louise on December 1, 2007. After the injury, she won the World Cup for three consecutive years.
The UA Cortina Beanie is a fun hat with two pompoms. Under Armour tells me that it is named that because that is where she broke several records. But let’s be honest. It’s a toque.