Winter Olympics 2018: Lindsey Vonn reveals motivation behind her final Olympics

Winter Olympics 2018: Lindsey Vonn reveals motivation behind her final Olympics

Three world championships in the slalom, medals that hang in her room back home in Colorado because, she said, "I had dead space on my wall and I wanted to fill it with something, and they look pretty".

Eight years ago in Vancouver, Vonn wore a mask. "I really want to put an exclamation point on my career". "I'm just trying to stay healthy".

It's just a girl and her dog on a great big Olympic adventure.

A technical skiing prodigy who has also shown in recent years that she can win in speed events, Shiffrin said she will compete in slalom and giant slalom and will leave decisions about super-G, downhill and the combined for later.

Injury robbed her of a chance to defend her title in Sochi in 2014 and she is determined to make up for that. Now, one more time, she encounters a different set of circumstances. "And I feel closer to him when I'm skiing". I have overcome a lot.

After a lackluster start to the season, Vonn came on strong in the lead-up to PyeongChang after resting her knee for a month.

"She's right there (pointing stage left)".

"My entire summer has been focused on the Olympics. I'm going to win for him".

Vonn was only 17 in her first Games in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

Shiffrin's dominance on the World Cup circuit has enthusiasts thinking she could become the "Winter Games Michael Phelps", the American swimmer who holds the all-time record of 23 gold medals, a comparison she was quick to dismiss. Then she struck gold in Vancouver. "Downhill in the olympics is any given day", the 35-year-old said.

"It has long sweeping turns, some nice tactical sections", she said.

"I think in my second Olympics in Turin, I put more pressure on myself than anyone put on me. It just now depends on weather and snow conditions, but the men said it was awesome".

But the relatively risk-free course could quickly turn unsafe for skiers desperate to make the most of their shot at an Olympic podium by throwing caution to the wind. Download the Team USA app today.

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"I don't think that awe and respect has has ever changed. I'm still in that position right now". In December, her paternal grandfather, Don Kildow, died. He passed away in November.

"I want so badly to do well for him", Vonn said Friday, her voice cracking with emotion. I really had hoped he would be alive to see me. "I love the track here, the downhill is really well suited for me".

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. My main focus this year was exclusively on the Olympics and I'm very happy with how I feel physically, mentally. "I know what I'm capable of, and I think I know how to handle myself better than I did".

Maybe that's not all on her, maybe it's part Vonn, part her ridiculously aggressive and indefatigable publicity team, part NBC and their core competency of self-promotion/cross promotion and attention whoring. She's usually in the hotel room whenever I'm racing.

"She's so impressive about staying focused in the process", said Mike Day, Shiffrin's coach with the US team. I always have her with me. "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. It's extremely lonely on the road and since I got divorced I had a lot of free time on my hands at night.

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".

Even donned the gloves for her flight to South Korea. I'm not going to be nervous.

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