Winter Olympics 2018: Lindsey Vonn reveals motivation behind her final Olympics

'I feel like I'm coming into these Olympics on a hot streak, ' she said.

The U.S. Alpine skiing star is not accustomed to erring on the side of caution while racing, which is why she owns a pair of Olympic medals and four overall World Cup titles. Vonn has won 81 World Cup races.

If there's one thing NBC likes to talk about, it's NBC and with Vonn injured for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, they brought her on to do pundit work in NY, but they completely flubbed the execution by branding it "Vonn will cover the Winter Games".

She estimates that she spent the equivalent of about three years on rehabilitation from various injuries; while Vonn reiterated Friday she plans to ski another season to eclipse Stenmark, when she mentioned the word "retirement", it was in the context of how long her knees will hold up.

But what we're watching here, as Vonn skis for her grandfather, is nothing short of a legend.

Yet she is in position to contend for medals - gold, even - in the three events she will contest, downhill, Super-G and combined.

"But I've decided not to do the giant slalom because my knee's not in place to do that".

Vonn also is still in the hunt to break Stenmark's record and thinks she can exceed it next season.

"For me, that was like a defining moment that I needed to take a step back and get a couple days of rest and then get back into training", Shiffrin said. And while this would be a hard trip by herself, she had a companion with her as well: her dog, Lucy. She was second in the downhill test event previous year and said the downhill course at Jeongseon Alpine Centre suits her.

Pyeongchang's relatively benign downhill and super-G courses will favour skiers with natural ability and punish those trying to make up time with risky maneuvers, former Olympic champion Bode Miller told Reuters this week.

"It's harder in some ways, definitely, that it's my last Olympics, because I want to end on a high note".

"I really want to put an exclamation point on my career". They are speaking more loudly all the time. "I put more pressure on myself than anyone put on me".

Vonn's only regret is that her grandfather, Don Kildow, won't be able to watch her compete in the country in which he served in the USA military.

"Hopefully they can find me a guy now", she said, then paused. "I'm not sure if I'm actually going to have the energy to do that". He has been such a big part of my life.

One of the key lessons is emphasizing her love of skiing and desire to improve more than how she fares in any given race. When I get mentally exhausted, I just get more emotional. "I was questioning whether I was going to bring her here because it was a long trip, but she's always with me so I figured I need her for the most important event".

  • Joe Gonzales