Lindsey Vonn: I want to end Olympics on a high note

Feb 11, 2018, 03:47
Lindsey Vonn: I want to end Olympics on a high note

"Sometimes I think about Sochi, especially when I go back home after every race and see my medals, it's good memories", he said.

"In my opinion, she's the best there's ever been in the modern era", said Bode Miller, the former American star and World Cup overall champion who could ski any discipline well.

"It's going to be so close on Sunday as a result", said the 27-year-old, who upset a host of favoured rivals to claim a shock win before he'd even claimed a World Cup downhill victory.

Her relentless thirst for speed, inculcated by her late grandfather, has caught up with her in the latter part of her career with serious injuries to her right knee in 2013 and 2014, which kept her out of the Olympics, and her right arm, which she broke in 2016.

Innerhofer, who has form on the mountain having finished second in the super-G in the test World Cup event two years ago, has struggled to bother the podium on a regular basis since his Sochi showing but insisted he still had something to offer.

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So Vonn is thrilled to be back on her sport's most visible stage.

"In Lenzerheide I was emotional and crying and frustrated and not really myself so that was a sign to me that I was just a little bit too exhausted", she said of her final giant slalom World Cup race before the Games, where she finished seventh. And while this would be a hard trip by herself, she had a companion with her as well: her dog, Lucy.

She struggled, and it's clear that these emotions, so close to the surface, will provide the backdrop for her performances, which don't get under way until the Super-G on February 17. Next comes the downhill on February 21, then the combined two days after that.

"You're insane. OK. He has, what, 23 medals?" she said on Saturday. I really want to end on a high note. They are speaking more loudly all the time. "I really want to put an exclamation point on my career". Questions about Don Kildow, and the tears they prompted were inevitable following Vonn's use of social media to pay tribute to the man who first put her on skis as a two-year-old in Wisconsin.

She closed her eyes and paused, then spoke haltingly as she began crying.

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"And I know it's a comparison between sports and I don't think there's a sport in the Winter Olympics where you can win 23 medals across three or four Olympics".

Vonn teared up as she continued: "He's been such a big part of my life". Everyone loved her at first, but then... "I miss him so much".

Vonn said she was questioning whether she was going to bring Lucy with her to PyeongChang because it's a long trip, "but she's always with me so I figured I need her for the most important event".

"She is usually in the hotel room whenever I'm racing. I think I know how to handle myself better than I did previously".

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