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VIDEO: A natural

“If I go on, I don’t want to just sit there,” champion World Cup alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn said when skipper Jimmy Spithill invited her to sail aboard America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA.

Vonn joined the team in New York during its final training session for the second stop of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series 2016. Spithill assigned her to a grinder as the foiling AC45 sped past the Statue of Liberty.

"I was nervous because I did not want to mess up," Vonn said. "But then, as I got comfortable, I started asking to do more things to challenge myself. I got to do some grinding, and I put the foils down. You can tell visually that you are rising out of the water on the foils. An incredible experience.”

Vonn's performance impressed Spithill.

"She really had a fire to be a part of the team and wanted us to push her," he said. "She has a lot of power, and as a skipper I felt comfortable giving her control of positions on the boat.”

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