Ski star Vonn vows to win for late grandfather

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Other than the tears for her late grandfather, the consolations of her pet dog Lucy, the loneliness of hotel rooms as a divorced woman and the search for a new beau, there was little to report from Lindsey Vonn's PyeongChang press conference-cum-confessional.

"I know, like, 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, but, yeah, I could never imagine myself even in the same sentence as Michael Phelps", she said.

In 2010 at Vancouver, Vonn broke out, winning gold ans putting herself on the map.

Vonn smiled and kidded around for much of the half-hour Q-and-A, but her mood changed when she was asked about her grandfather, Don Kildow, who died in November.

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.

"Yeah, um, I'm not sure where to start, exactly", Shiffrin said, rolling her eyes a bit as she searched for the right words. 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". It's really hard for me not to cry. "I want so badly to do well for him". And I know that he's going to help me. I would like to win.

"You taught me to be tough, to be kind, and above all, to ski fast", Vonn said in an Instagram post shortly after his death, one of many social media postings hailing the influence of her grandfather, who was ironically stationed not far from the Jeongseon Alpine Centre when he served with the U.S. army during the Korean War.

It's a dog. That's way better than lugging around Tiger Woods in your Vonn-tourage, don't you think? Being in a hotel room is often times is just extremely hard.

Yet those two wins last weekend were the 80th and 81st of her career.


She said the the pressure is even greater now because this is her last Games and "because I want to end on a high note".

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

Lindsey Vonn has had her run, but it's time for Mikaela Shiffrin now.

But she made a decision to sit out the giant slalom, saying that her knee "is just not really in a place to do that". "I know he's looking out for me", she said, "and that actually gives me a lot of peace of mind".

Risk tolerance. Vonn's body would be in better shape if she didn't tolerate so much risk.

"I would like to compete in everything", she said. As he raised his family on a farm in rural Milton, Wisconsin, he built a tiny ski hill with a tow rope. She enjoys sleeping the majority of the day.

"She is usually in the hotel room whenever I'm racing".

"In 2010, I was a much healthier athlete, but in 2018, I'm a much stronger athlete, not just physically but mostly mentally".

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

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