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Who designed that helmet?

What does Laddie Lee Whitworth of Pocatello, Idaho have to do with the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver? Well, the retired machinist is responsible for the design on the helmet Lindsey Vonn will wear when she skis in competition.

Vonn held a contest for fans through to design the artwork for her Olympic helmet. The winning design was unveiled Jan. 28, and it was Whitworth's.

"I'm 60 years old, and this is one of the highlights of my life. 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's winning design and the runners-up are featured on a special page on NBC's Olympic site. Vonn's reaction:

"Thanks to Laddie for his awesome design. It's really dynamic and will look cool when I am skiing downhill -- like the flames are flying by really fast."

By John Kiernan  |  February 2, 2010; 10:08 AM ET
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing  
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