When Olympic star Lindsey Vonn appears as a guest star on the May 24 episode of her favorite television show, "Law and Order," it will be the fulfillment of one of her lifelong dreams. Her timing turned out to be impeccable, as that show will end up being the final one for the venerable TV drama.
NBC cancelled the long-running procedural and legal drama Thursday, 11 days before Vonn was set to appear on the 20th season finale. Vonn isn't taking the decision lying down. She started a campaign on Facebook to save the show almost immediately after finding out about the decision.
The two-time Olympic medalist was first offered a guest spot on the show during a live interview with Bob Costas in Vancouver. Producer Dick Wolf heard the downhill gold medalist was a huge fan and offered her a role on an upcoming episode. Vonn filmed her scenes in April, excitedly Tweeting about the experience from the set.
Vonn learned of the cancellation during a conference call with reporters and quickly began a campaign to save her favorite show. She started a Facebook group called "Save Law & Order" and wrote: "We need to band together to help save this classic show! Where would we be without Sam Waterston and S. Epatha Merkerson!"
Less cognizant of the sassiness of New York City judges and watching a lot more "Cold Case" reruns on TNT, I'd guess. But we're with you, Lindsey, even though Fourth-Place Medal refuses to watch any episode of "L&O" without the late Jerry Orbach.
Some of the other highlights from the teleconference:
• After filming "L&O", a producer sent Vonn a gift bag with a bunch of "Law & Order" swag including a robe. She liked it so much, she said she's "pretty much been wearing it since it came to my house."
• Vonn would like to appear on "Dancing With The Stars," but her World Cup schedule has yet to allow it.
• She keeps her Olympic medals right next to her bed.
• Of her appearance on Maxim's Hot 100 list, Vonn says she's hopeful that her inclusion shows young girls that you don't have to be skinny in order to be attractive. (Take that everyone who thought her provocative poses in Sports Illustrated were reinforcing gender stereotypes!)