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Lindsey Vonn Helps High School Student Go from Zero to Hero

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2011

Parker McDonald is officially the coolest 15-year-old on the planet.

The sophomore at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy in Colorado didn’t have a date for last Friday’s homecoming dance.

On Thursday, with time ticking away, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn made an appearance at his school. Vonn is a Vail native and decided to grab some lunch with some of the kids.

That’s when McDonald made his move. Here is Vonn’s account of what followed:  

Yesterday I visited the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy and while I was eating lunch with all the students a 15 year old boy named Parker asked me if I would be his date for their homecoming dance which is tonight. When Parker asked me he was cute, nervous and very polite so of course I said YES!

All through school growing up I never got the chance to go to a school dance so I'm excited for tonight!

And just like that McDonald was the coolest kid in school, in Colorado and in the country. He’s an inspiration for guys that can’t get dates all over the country.

Sure, Vonn may be married and is 15 years older, but how many people can say they got to slow dance with an Olympic gold medal winning athlete that is arguably one of the all-time greats?

It’s not like she’s unattractive, either. Vonn has been a swimsuit model and made Maxim's Hot 100 list. It makes you wonder…why didn’t she ever get a date in high school? Maybe she was the class nerd…or maybe she was too busy on the slopes.

Regardless, this is a story McDonald can tell his grandkids. It’s a story he can recreate at his wedding and it’s certainly a great icebreaker story to tell a girl.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, McDonald is the talk of the town and hopefully he had the greatest Friday night ever.

Let’s just hope he can dance. 

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