Lindsey Vonn Breaks Down After Winning Bronze: ‘I Wish I Could Keep Going’
One of America’s greatest Winter Olympic athletes is hanging up her skis.
Lindsey Vonn won the third Olympic medal of her career in the women’s alpine downhill on Tuesday, and it will likely be her last.
The 33-year-old, regarded by many as the greatest female skier of all-time, was in tears after the competition as she spoke about her grandfather and her future in the sport.
“It’s been really hard for me not to get emotional for so many reasons, especially because of my grandfather,” she said. “I wanted to win [the gold] so much because of him, but I still think I made him proud. Our family never gives up and I never gave up. I kept working hard and I’m really proud of this medal and I know he is too.”
Asked if she would continue competing, Vonn said, “It’s sad. This is my last downhill. I wish I could keep going. I have so much fun. I love what I do. My body probably just can’t take another four years.”
Vonn has suffered a slew of injuries in her career, including broken bones, torn ligaments and concussions.
But it’s not just skiing that people know Vonn for. She has parlayed her success on the snow into a career as one of the biggest winter sport celebrities in the worlds. She also models on the side, which has landed her on the pages of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, where she wore nothing but a bucket of paint.
Vonn’s off-the-snow life has also included a high profile relationship with Tiger Woods, which they broke off in 2015.
As she told SI earlier this year though, they remain friends, even if Tiger is “stubborn.”
“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way,” Vonn told SI. “I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”
As for Vonn’s love life these days, she’s taken to looking for dates on Twitter.
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 14, 2018
We’re guessing she won’t have much trouble finding someone.