Olympics: Ski star Vonn vows to win for late grandfather

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Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is on her way to South Korea for the Winter Olympics, but only after encountering a series of delays.

"It was very windy from behind on the track, I took the good wind with me, it blew me down!" said the 33-year-old Innerhofer.

Pyeongchang's relatively benign downhill and super-G courses will favour skiers with natural ability and punish those trying to make up time with risky maneuvers, former Olympic champion Bode Miller told Reuters this week.

"It's really hard for me not to cry", Vonn said when asked about Don Kildow, who died in November at the age of 88.

Vonn also looked past the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, vowing to continue to race on the World Cup until she breaks the record of 86 World Cup wins held by Ingemar Stenmark.

"Ah it's really hard".

"She's a definitely a bigger star than me", said Vonn, unabashedly making goo-goo eyes at Lucy, as her faithful companion sat at the foot of stage, where the greatest downhill racer in US history took measure of all the big victories and painful injuries in her career. I really had hoped he'd be alive to see me.

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 know that he's going to help me.

"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 was not able to compete in the Sochi Olympics because of a knee injury and has trained to recover from a broken arm that caused nerve damage in her hand.

"Sometimes I think maybe I can't keep up with the best guys like I was years before, but I still try to believe and to give my best". Being in a hotel room is often times is just extremely hard. Instead, it was about failing to even finish three of her last four races.

Even donned the gloves for her flight to South Korea. "So I figured I'd need her for the most important event".

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

Lindsey Vonn has had her run, but it's time for Mikaela Shiffrin now. With all Vonn's travails - she figures, given all her injuries, she has spent three complete years in rehab - it was easy to downplay her potential impact here.

"I've always been in awe of the Olympics, especially 2002", she said.

Risk tolerance. Vonn's body would be in better shape if she didn't tolerate so much risk. As he raised his family on a farm in rural Milton, Wisconsin, he built a tiny ski hill with a tow rope.

"I definitely am going to ski another season", she said. I'm very happy with how I feel physically, mentally and on skis'.

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

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