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Retired machinist wins design contest for Vonn's helmet

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Lindsey Vonn has been red hot on the skiing circuit this season, and now she has a helmet that will show that off. Laddie Lee Whitworth found out this weekend that he won the design contest that chose Vonn's helmet for the Olympics.

"I’m 60-years-old and this is one of the highlights of my life," said Whitworth. "I am actually going to be able to watch an Olympian ski with something on their head that I designed. I hope that when Lindsey bears down the hill the helmet can keep up with her because she skis like she’s on fire."

Whitworth is a retired machinist from Pocatello, Idaho, and won a trip to Vail for winning the contest. His design beat out the work of two professional graphic designers, Robert Chester, an art director for Nestle Purina, and Carolyn McHale, creative director and owner of Boldface Design Group, Inc.

Vonn is the favorite to win the downhill and Super G in Vancouver. She has had an excellent season, winning five of six downhills and three of five Super Gs. Vonn and Whitworth are looking forward to see how gold complements the design.

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