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Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Vonn ready to bow out on a high note

Vonn ready to bow out on a high note

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.

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She had to sit out the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, due to injury, so this will be her first Olympics in eight years. When she was 17 and made her Olympic debut at the Salt Lake City Games - heck, even when she sailed into the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as the main attraction - she was healthy, a physical force.

On Sunday, the three-time Olympian won her third straight world cup downhill and capture her 81st world cup win. She said on social media that it will be especially emotional for her due to her grandfather's passing, saying she would "make him proud". "I've had a lot of ups and downs since Vancouver, but I feel like I'm coming into these Olympics on a hot streak". I'm skiing exceptionally well. I've overcome a lot and I know what I'm capable of. She has skied through personal strife and physical disaster.

Vonn said she was questioning whether she was going to bring Lucy with her to PyeongChang because it's a long trip, "but she's always with me so I figured I need her for the most important event". Four years later, she crashed in a downhill training in Torino and was hospitalized overnight, but came back to finish eighth in the race. Everyone loved her at first, but then...

"I just want so badly to do well for him". "Last weekend was just the icing on the cake". For all you pooch lovers out there check out @vonndogs on Instagram.

Shiffrin knew it was time for a bit of a break when she went off-course with only a handful of gates left in a slalom at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on January 28. Being in a hotel room is often times is just extremely hard. She enjoys sleeping the majority of the day. "It's extremely lonely on the road, and since got divorced I have lot of free time on my hands at night".

"Being in a hotel room is often at times extremely hard". I got Lucy, she travels with me everywhere.

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

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.

"Yeah, um, I'm not sure where to start, exactly", Shiffrin said, rolling her eyes a bit as she searched for the right words. "I really want to put an exclamation point on my career". I miss him so much. It's really hard for me not to cry. I miss him so much, he's been such a big part of my life.

Shiffrin, who could compete in all five alpine events - downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G and combined at the 2018 Games, played down any suggestions she could match the champion swimmer.

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