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Skier Vonn "Inspired" By Federer

Vonn, Federer© Le Matin / C. DubreuilLindsey Vonn was impressed when she met Roger Federer at Roland Garros earlier this year.

Olympic downhill skiing champion Lindsey Vonn recently took to the internet to reveal why she is inspired by World No. 2 Roger Federer both as an athlete and as a person. 

“The way he keeps fighting back to dominate his sport personally inspires me,” explained Vonn. “I think he's legitimately one of the greatest athletes of all time.”

The American skier had backed Federer for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year award, which was announced today.

The 2012 ATP World Tour season saw Federer wrest back the No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking from Novak Djokovic’s grip for a time, with the year-end honours going down to the wire, and win his 17th Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon (d. Murray). At 30, going on 31, it was a feat that most impressed Vonn, who had met with Federer at Roland Garros.

It is not just Federer’s tennis skills that have impressed Vonn. Recipient of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the eighth time in this year’s ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon, Federer’s demeanour on and off the court has earned him the utmost respect from his fellow professionals and a legion of fans around the world.

“Of all the athletes I've ever met, Roger is the kindest and most genuine,” declares Vonn. “He really cares about people and what he's done with his foundation and his humanitarian efforts has been incredible. He's hard-working and extremely humble, but the thing I respect most about him is he's the same person every day whether he wins or loses. 

“He cares about being a role model and that kids can look up to him. I consider him a hero because I want to be like him. I want to be a good role model for kids, too.”

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