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Lindsey Vonn is female athlete of year

Updated: December 18, 2010, 3:17 PM ET
Assoiated Press

Lindsey Vonn remembers being a 9-year-old wannabe Olympian, waiting in line for hours on end to shake the hand of a medal-winning skier and get an autograph.

These days, Vonn is the one speeding to victories and hoping to inspire the next generation to hit the slopes.

Gold and bronze medals at the Vancouver Games, plus a third consecutive World Cup overall title, helped Vonn become the 2010 Female Athlete of the Year, chosen by members of The Associated Press. She is the first skier ...

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