Lindsay Vonn Wins on Slopes and Wins Cow, Too

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Lindsay Vonn celebrated the sweet thrill of victory on the slopes of Val d'Isere on Saturday. It was just a year ago on the very same snow that she aggravated a right knee injury, which ended her season and dashed all hopes of defending her downhill crown at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Vonn says boyfriend Tiger Woods inspired her comeback. She was excited to address the media following her win.

"I already knew I could win here today," she told reporters. "It was for other people to understand that I'm back to where I used to be."

"It's a celebration for myself and for the team around me. After two tough years, I've waited a long time for this and I'm very happy," she added. "It feels amazing. I was a bit nervous as I made some mistakes in training. I skied aggressively today."

Part of Lindsay Vonn's excitement this weekend was her prize of a baby cow. She won one in 2005 as well. That 2005 prize now has had enough calves to provide the skier with a small herd. She keeps them on a farm in Austria.

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"This is the best prize for winning a race EVER!! I have a new addition to my growing "Winnie" my one month old baby calf. #sohappy #mynewcutie #win61 #LiVetheClimb," Lindsay Vonn captured her Instagram photo.

She also shared a photo of herself just before a run.

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Yes, it seems like Lindsay Vonn is definitely back in action. And whether Tiger Woods is to be credited with inspiration or not, it's Vonn who skis with such precision and speed.

Did you have any idea that skiers won baby cows for their efforts on the slopes?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.