Vonn ready to bow out of Olympics on a high note
PYEONGCHANG – Reuters
The 33-year-old says she intends to compete on the World Cup circuit for one more year as she targets the record number of race wins, in either gender, of 86 set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.
Vonn’s downhill victory in Garmisch last weekend took her to 81 career World Cup race wins.
Yet when it comes to the Olympics, Vonn has a solitary gold medal, in her favored downhill, from Vancouver eight years ago.
Injury robbed her of a chance to defend her title in Sochi in 2014 and she is determined to make up for that.
“I want to end on a high note,” she told a press conference on Feb. 9.
“I really want to put an exclamation point on my career. It took me until my third Olympics how to figure out how to deal with the pressure,” said Vonn who made her Olympic debut as a 17-year-old, racing in the combined event, at Salt Lake in 2002.
Vonn says she has slowly learnt how to handle the pressure and high expectations that arrive with every Olympics.
“I think in my second Olympics in Turin, I put more pressure on myself than anyone put on me. I am just going to lay it all out there,” she said.
Vonn has had her share of injuries in her career, including the knee operation that kept her out of Sochi but she says she is in good shape now - even if she has to incorporate maintenance work into her regular training.