Lindsey Vonn overcomes grief to reach Olympics

Lindsey Vonn overcomes grief to reach Olympics

Mikaela Shiffrin is rested and ready to bounce back from the uncharacteristic slump that marked her lead up to the Pyeongchang Olympics, where she is a favorite to win multiple medals in alpine skiing.

As her King Charles spaniel, Lucy, slept at her feet through the delay, Vonn used the extra downtime to interact with fans on Twitter.

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Why we care: Lindsey Vonn may be the most decorated skier in USA history. Her goal is to finish her career as the best ever-man or woman. I crashed at the World Championships in 2013, tearing my ACL and MCL and resulting in a tibial plateau fracture. "And [during the 2016-17 season] I started to feel that, and it brought on quite a different form of nerves than I've ever dealt with". "I've never been in this for second place".

"Ah it's really hard".

"Most people with Mikaela's talent just rely on their talent", fellow skier and and close friend Brayton "Bug" Pech told Outside. But that wasn't the end.

I think that it's by this 24-hour journey. I had no feeling in my hand for several weeks. "That flu hit me hard". "I really want to put an exclamation point on my career". I just wish he was here. That's who I am. "You have to manage yourself". Yes, you read that correctly: 34 more. As you progress, you start to work on strength. "I'm just trying to stay healthy".

Even when the rehab wasn't that physically taxing, it was always very mentally taxing. I always have her with me. It's a constant struggle. She is the victor of 81 World Cup races, more than any other woman. A third and final training run Saturday is also at risk. I ask them about guys and what I should do. "I'm constantly thinking about how my life would fit into a really inspirational Disney movie scene or something".

I'm definitely more aware of my body and what it's capable of now than I was before. This summer, I was doing two physical therapy sessions a day, five or six days a week. If a bit of hardware is not realistically in the offing, then why bother getting into the starting hut? I want to say the greatest skier.

"She's usually in the hotel room whenever I'm racing", Vonn said.

Shiffrin did not have a lot of time to immediately reflect after her Sochi triumph.

When I'm not training or skiing, I spend time with my dogs.

Lucy's a little jetlagged but apparently no worse for the wear.

She is without question one of the most famous athletes in the world.

"Being in a hotel room is often at times extremely hard".

Then, moments later, she spoke about skiing in his memory. I'm of Norwegian descent, so I feel like I'm a pseudo team member. "But I know that I have potential in speed and I have enjoyed the taste of it that I have gotten so far". Still, ski racing is an inherently risky sport. Most of the time ...

But who knows for how much longer that will even be a possibility?

"I definitely am going to ski another season", she said.