Winter Olympics will miss star power of Lindsey Vonn when she's gone
Feb 11, 2018, 03:52
Sofia Goggia is going into her first Winter Olympics with the aim of stealing the show from American superstar Lindsey Vonn. I always have her with me. "I miss him so much".
"Ah it's really hard". He was 88, the reason Vonn's father Alan began skiing, and therefore the reason Lindsey took up the sport.
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"It's extremely flattering, but I don't see it - it's apples and oranges".
"But I figured, she's always with me", Vonn said, "so I need her for the most important event".
"I'm not going to be nervous, I know he's looking out for me and that gives me some peace of mind".
After winning the gold medal in downhill and bronze in super-G at the Vancouver Games, nicknamed the "Vonn-couver Games", she was a heavy favorite for Sochi.
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Vonn said she was fortunate early in her career not to suffer many injuries, but "these last few years have really dinged me up".
"I would love to", she continued, "but unfortunately, I just don't think I can contend for a medal, so there's really no point". I think about him all the time, especially when I'm racing. She has won her past three races, raising her World Cup total to 81 victories, a record for a woman and the second-most in history, five behind Ingemar Stenmark.
"I just don't want to get sick", she 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. "As long as my knee is holding up and I'm still able to win then I will keep skiing, but it really depends on my knee, that's the determing factor on my retirement".
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".
"My entire summer has been focused on the Olympics".
Even donned the gloves for her flight to South Korea. She has skied through personal strife and physical disaster.
"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". She enjoys sleeping the majority of the day.
Vonn said her increased mental strength really comes into play when she's in the starting gate. I got Lucy, she travels with me everywhere.
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