Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Vonn ready to bow out on a high

Vonn ready to bow out on a high

A tearful Lindsey Vonn vowed Friday (Feb 9) to "lay it all out" at her fourth Olympics to honour her late grandfather, the inspiration behind her stellar ski career.

The 33-year-old American said she wouldn't be able to contend for a medal in the GS, "so there's really no point".

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.

Vonn's only regret is that her grandfather, Don Kildow, won't be able to watch her compete in the country in which he served in the US military.

There already are plenty of expectations from others heading into her first race, the super-G, on February 17.

'I feel like I'm coming into these Olympics on a hot streak, ' she said. He's been such a big part of my life, and I really hoped that he would 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. And I know that he's going to help me. "I'm not sure if I'm actually going to have the energy to do that".

"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 USA army during the Korean War.

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"They always look out for me".

"She's usually in the hotel room whenever I'm racing", Vonn said. Instead, it was about failing to even finish three of her last four races. "Even though he had more wins, he had a different schedule than her and had many more opportunities and different risk tolerance".

"But I figured, she's always with me", Vonn said, "so I need her for the most important event".

"I obviously have been waiting a very long time for these Olympics", Vonn said. Before Vonn headed back onto the World Cup circuit last fall, she made what has become an annual sojourn back to their simple house, where she sleeps on a house in the basement. "I'm feeling much better, much more like myself".

While she said she would love to compete in the giant slalom, she said her knee is not up to the task.

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

The men and women will compete on the same course for the first time in Olympic history. As he raised his family on a farm in rural Milton, Wisconsin, he built a tiny ski hill with a tow rope. I got Lucy, she travels with me everywhere.

Vonn said her increased mental strength really comes into play when she's in the starting gate. She has skied through personal strife and physical disaster.

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