Vonn ready to bow out on a high

Vonn ready to bow out on a high

Vonn ready to bow out on a high

Vonn missed the 2014 Sochi Games after undergoing surgery on her right knee, and just days before competing in the Winter Games, she said her knee "is just not really in a place" to compete in the giant slalom adding, "I just don't think I can contend for a medal, so there's really no point".

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.

"I'd like to spoil the party, and beat Vonn", in the downhill, she said. The gold she returned in Vancouver eight years ago was the first by an American woman in the downhill.

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.

"I'm not going to be nervous, I know he's looking out for me and that gives me some peace of mind". "But I know he's watching, and I know that he's going to help me and I'm going to win for him", Vonn said.

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She estimates that she spent the equivalent of about three years on rehabilitation from various injuries; while Vonn reiterated Friday she plans to ski another season to eclipse Stenmark, when she mentioned the word "retirement", it was in the context of how long her knees will hold up. This year, the women's downhill is not until February 21.

"And I think that I needed to change something".

"In 2010, I was a much healthier athlete, but in 2018, I'm a much stronger athlete, not just physically but mostly mentally". Being in a hotel room is often times is just extremely hard.

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

"Yeah, um, I'm not sure where to start, exactly", Shiffrin said, rolling her eyes a bit as she searched for the right words.

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

"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. Her grandfather Don Kildow passed away at the age of 88 in November. She said on social media that it will be especially emotional for her due to her grandfather's passing, saying she would "make him proud". "Even though he had more wins, he had a different schedule than her and had many more opportunities and different risk tolerance".

"It's not a training run that tells you very much", he said, listing the shortened course, the shifting tailwind and a shaved down last jump.

"It's what I think about first thing when I wake up and what I think about when I go to sleep", she said.

Vonn said her increased mental strength really comes into play when she's in the starting gate.

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