Just five days after the leg operation, Olympic skier and venture capitalist Lindsey Vonn addressed a crowd of around 40 students spaced between the benches of the university’s auditorium.
Roxana Coche, a professor at UF’s Journalism and Communications College, moderated the conversation with Vonn, which began at 7 p.m. Monday. The two spoke about Vonn’s experiences on and off the track and his desire to transition from athletics to business.
Disconnected microphones interrupted the first 15 minutes of the conversation, although technicians eventually resolved the issue.
The ACCENT Speaker’s Bureau event was the second student government agency guest of the semester. Howie Mandel spoke with UF Journalism Department Chairman Ted Spiker on Feb. 28.
The students laughed occasionally as Vonn talked about his beer pong skills or shared funny anecdotes about his career, like his obsession with sticky notes and taking notes after his runs.
“In honor of Women’s History Month, ACCENT sought to bring in an accomplished female athlete to engage and inspire students with their story,” ACCENT President Jason Scheuer wrote in an email. mail.
She also spoke about her work as an investor and philanthropist, including establishing her own Lindsey Vonn Foundation, which provides scholarships and mentorships to young people in athletics and education.
Vonn gave tips on how to overcome anxiety or self-confidence issues and how journaling has helped improve her mental health. As a leader in ski racing, she has discussed breaking gender norms like wearing makeup during competitions or racing in men’s skis.
Meghan Sorg, a 21-year-old industrial systems engineering senior, found out about the event on Monday via an Instagram post and was joined by a friend. She attended other ACCENT events as the gymnast Aly Raismancontractor Kevin O’Leary and pit bullshe says.
“I follow ACCENT speakers Instagram so I saw it there today,” she said. “I wanted to go because I love Lindsey Vonn; I know she is a great athlete and I have seen other athletes before.
Jacob Coleman, an 18-year-old freshman economics student, also heard about the event via Instagram, though he was surprised more people weren’t attending.
“I thought Lindsey Vonn was pretty famous,” he said. “I thought it would be interesting to see what she had to say because I know she’s had a pretty interesting life, with ups and downs.”
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On March 30, Student Government Productions, another SG agency, will host a Summer Kickoff Concert with country artists Brett Young and Cole Swindell at Flavet Field. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the general public can be purchased at ticket master for $30, and students can enter their student ID for $10 discounted tickets.
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Maia Botek is a third-year journalism major and Spanish minor covering student government this semester. Maia is originally from South Florida and enjoys the beach, spending time with her friends and experiencing the environment in her spare time.