Febrero 24, 2018

Lindsey Vonn overcomes grief to reach Olympics

10 Febrero 2018, 11:07 | Dolorita Barahona

Lindsey Vonn finally on way to South Korea after lengthy flight delay

Olympian Lindsey Vonn Is Just Like the Rest of Us When It Comes to Flight Delays

Vonn also looked past the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, vowing to continue to race on the World Cup until she breaks the record of 86 World Cup wins held by Ingemar Stenmark.

The 33-year-old skier vowed to win gold in honor of her grandfather, the man she called her ski racing inspiration.

In 2010 at Vancouver, Vonn broke out, winning gold ans putting herself on the map.

Bones heal. The grief that followed her grandfather's death last November is proving harder to bear.

CNN's Coy Wire asked the American how memories of her grandfather resonated with her now she was in South Korea preparing for the Games. "I know it must have been a real learning experience".

"I'm feeling much better, much more like myself", a relaxed Shiffrin told reporters on Saturday. That's who I want to be.

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin makes her PyeongChang debut in the women's giant slalom event. And I really had hoped that he would be alive to see me (at these Olympics). "But Mikaela, right from the get-go, always said: 'I'm not Lindsey".

Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn head up a U.S. women's alpine ski team aiming to dominate the Pyeongchang Olympics, while Austrian Marcel Hirscher targets a first individual title.

Vonn, who will compete in the downhill, Super G and combined events here next week, broke down in tears when asked about the death of her grandfather and skiing mentor, Don Kildow, who died previous year.

"[It] doesn't feel like it's changed me at all", Shiffrin said. When watching her in the start gate, eager to devour the mountain under her skis, I hear the theme from "Jaws".

It is one of many Instagram photos and tweets Lindsey has posted about her grandfather.

Their desire to help promote ski racing and attract new fans and new athletes, particularly girls. Her grandfather, who she credits for her love of skiing and much of her success, passed away late a year ago.

Vonn said she was fortunate early in her career not to suffer many injuries, but "these last few years have really dinged me up".

Less than three days later, she was in NY for even more television appearances. I've overcome a lot.

Vonn's Lufthansa flight was originally scheduled to depart Munich at 4:10 p.m. local time but didn't end up leaving until 10:26 p.m. "I rarely think about it unless someone brings it up".

Three of Vonn's four siblings and her dad have made the trip to Colorado for the holiday, vowing to spend more time together in the wake of Grandpa Don's death. What do you think, @lindseyvonn?

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