Gotta hand it to Vonn: US ski star wears gloves at Olympics

Posted February 11, 2018

The most successful woman skier in World Cup history, American Lindsey Vonn says she wants to end her Olympic career on a high when she gets her fourth Games underway next week. In December, her paternal grandfather, Don Kildow, died.

"But I'm still here, because I want to live for the future, not the past". I know it's a comparison between sports and I don't think there's a sport in the Winter Olympics where you can even win 23 medals across three or four Olympics.

"I really hoped he'd have been alive to see me, but I know he's watching and I know he's going to help me, and I'm going to win for him". He was 88, the reason Vonn's father Alan began skiing, and therefore the reason Lindsey took up the sport.

Yet when it comes to the Olympics, Vonn has a solitary gold medal, in her favoured downhill, from Vancouver eight years ago. "But in 2018, I'm a much stronger athlete, not just physically but mostly mentally". I'm going to give it everything I have and whatever happens will happen.

Vonn, who will compete in the downhill, Super G and combined events here next week, broke down in tears when asked about the death of her grandfather and skiing mentor, Don Kildow, who died a year ago. She won a bronze in that event at Vancouver in 2010 and a gold in the downhill.

The 33-year-old skier vowed to win gold in honor of her grandfather, the man she called her ski racing inspiration.

"But I've decided not to do the giant slalom because my knee's not in place to do that".

It's a dog. That's way better than lugging around Tiger Woods in your Vonn-tourage, don't you think? Vonn has won 81 World Cup races.

"I just don't want to get sick", she said.

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

She figures she's spent a total of three years since 2013 in rehab, and the silver lining is that it enabled her to start her foundation "to empower more girls to follow their dreams and achieve great things".

But the world cup hasn't been her focus this season - the Olympics has. Because the men go first, Vonn was able to march in her first Opening Ceremony since 2002.

"She's so impressive about staying focused in the process", said Mike Day, Shiffrin's coach with the USA team. "Even though he had more wins, he had a different schedule than her and had many more opportunities and different risk tolerance". "I was questioning whether I was going to bring her here because it was a long trip, but she's always with me so I figured I need her for the most important event".

Vonn said: "I ask them advice a lot". Linsdey Vonn has been an Olympian since she was a teenager.