Alpine skiing: Speed queen Vonn ready for battle in Pyeongchang

Women's Alpine Skiing World Cup Super G
FILE PHOTO - Alpine Skiing - Women's Alpine Skiing World Cup Super G - Val d'Isere, France - December 16, 2017 Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. reacts during the Women's Alpine Skiing World Cup REUTERS/Robert Pratta

January 3, 2018

By Rory Carroll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lindsey Vonn has vowed not to take the safe option at what are likely to be her last Winter Olympics next month despite being dogged by questions about her health after recent crashes.

The 33-year-old American is the most successful World Cup women’s skier of all time with 78 victories while clinching four overall titles, but has only two Olympic medals — a gold in downhill and bronze in super-G, both won in Vancouver in 2010.

In recent competitions, however, Vonn has seen a mix of crashes and wins, making her chances in Pyeongchang difficult to handicap.

In early December she crashed twice at Canada’s Lake Louise, where she has a long history of success, before racing to a super-G World Cup win at Val d’Isere in France two weeks later.

“As long as I’m healthy and I’m confident, then I’ll be in a great position when I get to Pyeongchang,” she told the Vail Daily in November.

“Everyone asks me if I’m afraid, after so many crashes do I take my foot off the gas pedal? And while I am smarter and I try to manage my risk better than I have in the past, it’s still ski racing.

“You can try to manage risk as much as you want, but at the end of the day, it’s a dangerous sport.”

Managing risk has been on her mind for the past four years after she missed the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to a right knee injury.

It was arguably the most serious of a career that had been relatively injury free during her first decade as a professional as she became a household name for her exploits on the slopes and off them, courtesy of a high-profile relationship with golfer Tiger Woods.

Since the February 2013 crash that contributed to her missing the Sochi Games she has endured a series of setbacks that include multiple broken bones, surgeries and grueling rehabilitations.

“I’m 33, I’ve been injured quite a few times, but my passion for the sport has never changed,” she said.

“Since I started skiing and started racing when I was eight years old, I’ve loved what I do, and I don’t want to stop doing it.

“As long as I’m enjoying it and I don’t have to use too much duct tape to hold my body together, I’m good.

“I’m focused on winning the World Cups, but just getting to February healthy is the only thing I should be really focused on.”

(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

  • Shane Norkus

    nobody cares about a fat, low-class, white-trailer-park-trash bimbo…

  • Living in the Times

    Not interested in Vonn…AT ALL. Typical self absorbed liberal with an anti American attitude. If it doesn’t serve their viewpoint then they spew against it. How is that different from my negative comment??? I would not denounce my President publicly, especially if I was a public figure myself and an example to young people. Show respect for the President regardless. I voted for Obama…TWICE and will never vote Democratic again but I would not stand up nationally and trash him if her were still the seated President. Disrespectful, anti-American and flat out distasteful to do so!!!

  • SeattleWonder

    She doesn’t represent me.

  • The only time I hear of this traitor is when she fails, when has she stood on a podium?

    • Varangian Guard

      She has probably kneeled on a couple.

  • survivor50

    Maybe she’ll ski NORTH, and hook up with “LIL KIM”…

  • Deny

    Break a leg Lindsay–really break a leg!

  • conquest915

    She won’t be battling for this American.

  • AtomicFury

    Break a neck, Linz!

    • Bill Smith 999935