With raw emotions serving as backdrop, Lindsey Vonn roars into final Olympics

With raw emotions serving as backdrop, Lindsey Vonn roars into final Olympics

With raw emotions serving as backdrop, Lindsey Vonn roars into final Olympics

This Olympics provides such a stage for Vonn, who is skiing as well as she has since the last Olympics - which she missed with a bad knee. Her grandfather Don Kildow passed away at the age of 88 in November.

"She's always with me", Vonn said. I miss him so much, he's been such a big part of my life.

"I really want to put an exclamation point on my career".

After a torturous six-hour delay on her flight from Germany, Vonn arrived in the Winter Olympic media centre with her faithful spaniel Lucy - but admits she's lonely since divorcing fellow skier Thomas Vonn in 2011, then splitting from Woods.

"I was skiing really well, so I thought, 'Oh, everything's fine.' But I wasn't able to keep my mental focus until the finish, which is something that I actually pride myself on being really good at, normally".

"I'm just going to lay it all out there".

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". I know that he's going to help me.

At Vancouver in 2010, Vonn won the gold medal in the downhill, along with the bronze in the super-G.

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"It took me until my third Olympics how to figure out how to deal with the pressure", said Vonn who made her Olympic debut as a 17-year-old, racing in the combined event, at Salt Lake in 2002.

The 33-year-old says she intends to compete on the World Cup circuit for one more year as she targets the record number of race wins, in either gender, of 86 set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.

"And I think that I needed to change something". The Olympics-bound athlete is the most accomplished female ski racer in history, with 78 World Cup wins under her belt.

'I feel like I'm coming into these Olympics on a hot streak, ' she said.

"If we were anxious about the weather we'd have been screwed a long time ago when you're like 10, 11, 12 years old", he said. "Then I have to bike, I have to stretch, I have to do all these extra steps that I didn't have to do before", she said. I have overcome a lot. "All those things that are kind of part of who I am sort of disappear".

"She's so impressive about staying focused in the process", said Mike Day, Shiffrin's coach with the USA team.

"The decision ends up being with the coaches as to who's the best medal contender but I always have the option to pull myself out of races if I don't feel prepared".

"In 2010, I was a much healthier athlete, but in 2018, I'm a much stronger athlete, not just physically but mostly mentally. Even though he had more wins, he had a different schedule than her and had many more opportunities and different risk tolerance". I'm not going to be nervous. Linsdey Vonn has been an Olympian since she was a teenager.

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