Vonn vows to win for late grandfather

Vonn vows to win for late grandfather

Vonn vows to win for late grandfather

After waiting eight years - "a very long time", she called it - to return to a Winter Games for the fourth - and, she left no doubt, final - time, Vonn is making sure to cover her hands to try to avoid picking up any germs. "Even though he had more wins, he had a different schedule than her and had many more opportunities and different risk tolerance".

"I'm definitely going to ski another season after this", she said.

"In my opinion, she's the best there's ever been in the modern era", said Bode Miller, the former American star and World Cup overall champion who could ski any discipline well.

But what we're watching here, as Vonn skis for her grandfather, is nothing short of a legend.

Though Vonn is targeting gold in her best event, the downhill, she also goes in the super G first up next Saturday, and closes with the combined at the end of the second week.

Vonn, 33, will compete in three races but has made a decision to sit out the giant slalom.

She gathered herself and offered an explanation that went like this: She was exhausted.

Vonn is trying to get to PyeongChang to participate in this year's opening ceremony, which kicks off February 9.

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Vonn's downhill victory in Garmisch on Sunday took her to 81 career World Cup race wins.

The 33-year-old, who won downhill gold in Vancouver 2010, said: 'I want so badly to do well for him.

"On any World Cup it's hard to predict the victor... but here there's one downhill every fourth year and then it really gets a lot of focus and if there's a prize you remember it longer". "I love the track here, the downhill is really well suited for me". Most of the time. "I figured for the press conference, a mask probably wasn't appropriate", she said with a laugh.

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.

"Hopefully they can find me a guy now", she said, then paused.

"And I know it's a comparison between sports and I don't think there's a sport in the Winter Olympics where you can win 23 medals across three or four Olympics". He has been such a big part of my life.

Vonn confirmed she felt "really good", but added: "It's not really about me or my career, it's about my grandfather". As long as her body holds up, she will be back for one more valedictory season before retreating to full-time pursuit of a life partner, unless her chums in the Norwegian men's squad, Axel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud, who share the same ski sponsor, Head, come to her aid beforehand.

"In 2010 I was a much healthier athlete but in 2018 I am a much stronger athlete". I'm going to give it everything I have and whatever happens will happen. I'm not going to be nervous.

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