Watching NY Giants Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. reenact Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s iconic scene from ‘Dirty Dancing’ was one of the highlights of the Super Bowl LII ads for us. But it was this 1-minute, emotionally-fueled and inspiration-packed 2018 Winter Olympics spot featuring Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, a champion who “isn’t backing down” and is “ready to set the world on fire”, that completely blew us away.
According to her NBC Olympics bio, Lindsey “is the most decorated female Alpine ski racer in World Cup history, with more race victories and season titles than any other woman. At the Olympics, the ‘Speed Queen’ became the first U.S. woman to win a downhill gold medal in 2010. Four years later, a right knee injury prevented her from attempting to defend her Olympic title.” At age 33, during the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Lindsey “could become the oldest woman to claim an Olympic Alpine medal.”
It’s crazy that 60 seconds can tell so much about my life; my family, my love for skiing, my success, my pain, my will to never give up…but in the end, I’m just a kid that loves to ski fast. Thanks for making me cry @NBCOlympics ????
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) January 31, 2018
NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics begins this Friday, February 9 and runs through February 25.