Lindsey who is training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, accompanied designer Cynthia Rowley to the posh awards ceremony at Lincoln Center Monday night.
The New York Post has said that sources have revealed that Rowley and the skier who was wearing a stunning, custom-made white gown from Rowley, were sitting in Alice Tully Hall among the fashion world’s elite. A roll call of the biggest names in the fashion industry, including honorees Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Anna Wintour and Michael Kors. It was while sitting in the hall when Vonn got a call on her cellphone from the IOC.
Sources have said that while the glamorous event was going on, the IOC made Vonn “pee in a cup” and they tested the urine sample on the spot. According to the source, Vonn passed the test and the IOC “pee tester” told her to “have fun.”
Apparently there were several drug testers waiting outside Lincoln Center and they told Vonn that they would be accessing the event to perform a drug test immediately. Designer Rowley met the IOC group outside and ushered them into the hall.
Another source said, “Lindsay met the IOC at the bathroom. Cynthia stood guard outside, and no one was allowed to enter the bathroom. They were in there for about five minutes.” So in effect, Lindsey Vonn gave her drug test “under guard.” Well at least it wasn’t under lock and key.
The idea of a “pee test” during this prestigious event didn’t set too well with some people. One of the, not too impressed, sources said, “Here Lindsey is in this custom-made gown, feeling like Cinderella, and she has to get up and do a drug test.”
But Lindsey wasn’t ruffled by the request at all, telling the New York Post afterwards that, “We’re having a great time and [Rowley] did a great job with the dress.”
The 28 year-old singer also told the New York Post that the physiotherapy for her knee injury is going very well and she also said, “I get to start jumping and running soon, so that’s exciting.” The Post asked Vonn if boyfriend Tiger Woods was helping her as part of the rehabilitation process she said, “He’s obviously been through it so he can relate. It’s good to have a strong support system.”
Tom Kelly, from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, explained about the necessity and the awkwardness of having to do the “pee test” during the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. He said, “All elite athletes in all sports are always on call for testing 24/7/365. Testing can and does occur at any time. Athletes are required to report their whereabouts at all times.”
Mark Jones, Senior Director of Communications United States Olympic Committee, told the New York Post that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which is an independent body, does all the drug testing for the IOC.
Apart from Vonn’s statement to the New York Post, there has been no formal statement issued from the Olympic skier about the drug testing during the awards show.
Boyfriend Tiger Woods hasn’t said how he feels about his gal Lindsey Vonn having a drug test while at a social function either.
By Michael Smith