Lindsey Vonn overcomes grief to reach Olympics

Lindsey Vonn overcomes grief to reach Olympics

Lindsey Vonn overcomes grief to reach Olympics

Lindsey Vonn was emotional Friday while speaking to the media in Pyeongchang, South Korea ahead of what she says will be her final Olympics while also revealing her motivation for her fourth Games.

She has won 10 of 23 World Cup races she entered this season - including five slalom victories and two in giant slaloms, her best two disciplines - and went 5-for-5 from January 1-9. She won a bronze in that event at Vancouver in 2010 and a gold in the downhill.

Vonn's first race, the women's super-G, will not be for eight days, but Vonn wanted to arrive in time for the opening ceremony, something she has not done since her first Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

If there's one thing NBC likes to talk about, it's NBC and with Vonn injured for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, they brought her on to do pundit work in NY, but they completely flubbed the execution by branding it "Vonn will cover the Winter Games".

The 22-year-old slalom gold medalist from Sochi has racked up 10 World Cup victories this season but has managed to reach the podium just once in her last six races, a disappointing dip she attributed to fatigue.

"I feel really good, because it's not really about me or my career", Vonn said. "We have a turn going into a jump which is actually pretty rare, some nice terrain pieces and generally all the jumps are very big, so I think it's a great course".

Vonn has had her share of injuries in her career, including the knee operation that kept her out of Sochi but she says she is in good shape now - even if she has to incorporate maintenance work into her regular training.

Lucy. She's a 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that is bunking with Vonn during the Games.

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"Because of the schedule and because it's my last Olympics, it's very important to me to attend", she said, "and I'm going to get as much of the Olympic experience in these next two weeks as possible". My main focus this year was exclusively on the Olympics and I'm very happy with how I feel physically, mentally.

"It's extremely lonely on the road and since I got divorced I had a lot of free time on my hands at night. I think I know how to handle myself better than I did previously".

"I'm going to continue skiing until I get to 86".

"I've had a lot of ups and downs since Vancouver but I feel like I am coming into these Olympics on a hot streak, I am skiing exceptionally well and I have a lot of confidence".

Even donned the gloves for her flight to South Korea. I'm going to give it everything I have and whatever happens will happen. Before Vonn headed back onto the World Cup circuit last fall, she made what has become an annual sojourn back to their simple house, where she sleeps on a house in the basement.

"Hopefully they can find me a guy now", she said, then paused.

"As long as my knee is holding up and I am still able to win, then I will keep skiing", she said. Linsdey Vonn has been an Olympian since she was a teenager. "I get annoying to my coaches", she continued with a chuckle.

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