Winter Olympics will miss star power of Lindsey Vonn when she's gone

Winter Olympics will miss star power of Lindsey Vonn when she's gone

Vonn, 33, enters the Games on a winning streak having finished first in her last two World Cup races.

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 past year.

"Either your skis are good or they're not, either your aerodynamics are good or not - it's really not something that's easy to change on a given day", said Miller, whose six medals makes him the most decorated American Olympic skier of all time.

"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 United States army during the Korean War. She won a bronze in that event at Vancouver in 2010 and a gold in the downhill.

When Vonn's trip to South Korea turned into a 24-hour ordeal of that special frustration that is an airline delay, there was a moment or two when she wondered if bringing Lucy along for the ride was a great idea. "And I really hoped he'd be alive to see me but I know he's watching and I know that he's going to help me. And".

Ever the prolific tweeter, Vonn also included a play-by-play of her experience on the delayed flight, telling her followers that she caught a man next to her discreetly trying to take a selfie with her when his camera flash accidentally gave him away. "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. She was second in the downhill test event a year ago and said the downhill course at Jeongseon Alpine Centre suits her.

"I think in my second Olympics in Turin, I put more pressure on myself than anyone put on me". She's usually in the hotel room whenever I'm racing.

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"I really want to put an exclamation point on my career".

But she was rocked in her home life with the death in November of her grandfather, Don Kildow, aged 88, and was reduced to tears when the subject was raised in her press conference.

That made it tougher to concentrate fully, tougher to be at her best and tougher to be what she had proven to be for quite some time, which is the best female Alpine skier in the world - and with the trophies to prove it.

"I would like to compete in everything", she said.

"I miss him so much", Vonn said, and there were the tears.

"I just don't want to get sick", she said. I got Lucy, she travels with me everywhere. "I'm feeling much better, much more like myself".

"You're insane", Shiffrin replied. "But in 2018, I'm a much stronger athlete, not just physically but mostly mentally". Linsdey Vonn has been an Olympian since she was a teenager.