On Sunday evening, I sat down to watch an episode of Ski Sunday on BBC Two. Now if you’ve never seen Ski Sunday on BBC Two, there are just two things you need to know about it. Firstly, it features skiers skiing. Secondly, it has the finest intro music in the history of televised sport. That, in a nutshell, is what Ski Sunday is all about.
So, I was watching skiers do some skiing on Ski Sunday. And, as is so often the case with ski events, American Lindsey Vonn stepped up and annihilated the competition. Vonn’s near-flawless run meant she beat the Swiss skier Fabienne Suiter, who came a very respectable second, by over 1.5 seconds. Now, 1.5 seconds might not sound like a lot. In fact, 1.5 seconds probably just passed in the time it’s taken you to read this sentence. In the world of downhill ski racing however, 1.5 seconds is a lifetime.
Needless to say, the Ski Sunday presenters (including Mpora favourite Ed Leigh) were seriously stoked on Vonn’s ferociously fast skiing. Vonn, who won gold in the Downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has now notched up 38 World Cup race wins and 76 career wins overall. She’s like the mid-2000s-Roger-Federer of skiing; a figurehead for her sport and an inspiration to thousands of aspiring athletes.