Vonn vows to win for late grandfather

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.

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.

"In Lenzerheide I was emotional and crying and frustrated and not really myself so that was a sign to me that I was just a little bit too exhausted", she said of her final giant slalom World Cup race before the Games, where she finished seventh.

Vonn, 33, will be competing at her fourth and final Olympics here - having debuted as a teenager in 2002, won downhill gold in 2010 but missed out through injury in Sochi four years ago.

It's fitting that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Opening night featured a quick interview with Vonn, and then cut to a more in-depth exclusive sit down with Shiffrin tonight.

CNN's Cody Wire asked the Colorado skier how memories of her grandfather resonated with her now that she is in South Korea getting ready for the games. "But I know he's watching, and I know that he's going to help me, and I'm going to win for him".

"I'm going to win for him". I got her a year and a half ago.


"I don't think I can contend for a medal so there's no point".

"I'm of Norwegian descent and so I feel like I'm pseudo team member of the Norwegian team". Being in a hotel room is often times is just extremely hard. "She enjoys sleeping a majority of the day".

"I've gotten back to my roots in skiing and reminded myself I'm not here just for wins but I'm here because I love the sport", she said.

"I'm going to continue skiing until I get to 86". Questions about Don Kildow, and the tears they prompted were inevitable following Vonn's use of social media to pay tribute to the man who first put her on skis as a two-year-old in Wisconsin. "Even though he had more wins, he had a different schedule than her and had many more opportunities and different risk tolerance".

"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 USA history took measure of all the big victories and painful injuries in her career.

"In 2010, I was a much healthier athlete", Vonn said. "I get annoying to my coaches", she continued with a chuckle. "I'm feeling much better, much more like myself". "I'm not sure if I'm actually going to have the energy to do that". When I get mentally exhausted, I just get more emotional.

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


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