She finished first in the downhill at a World Cup race in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, on Jan. 26.
Now World Cup overall leader Lindsey Vonn is focusing on the Olympics, which begins Feb. 9.
In a press conference released by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association:
“I think in a lot of ways it is very hard for people to envision. In your mind, you picture these pictures in your head and you build it up until the day before. It’s so hard for me now that I’m almost at the end of my career. I just feel, this is the most difficult moment of my career for me mentally because I want so badly to be successful, but it’s such a battle for me and I know I’m probably the strongest athlete that’s ever lived.”
She on what her memory from the previous Olympics is:
“Definitely the shirt. I took a picture of that and that’s all I have from the Vancouver Olympics.”
It was an American woman who led the English, wearing a Mara Ralph Lauren sweater, with her arms wrapped around her teammate and best friend.
Then there was this incredible coincidence:
On competing at this Olympics:
“When I look back in time, it’s the first time that I had ever seen so many women in the past 200 years at a World Cup race competing and I thought, wow, that’s awesome to be at that time and to see all those women together was very, very powerful. Because it showed that we could do anything. I remember I was in Canada and my chest was like somebody had pinched me.”
On her training at this point in her career:
“I’m strong and I’m motivated and I’m the fittest I’ve ever been but I am young. I don’t know what the state of the world’s mental health will be in 15 years, 20 years from now, but I will tell you I’m physically conditioned to succeed and I’ll see what tomorrow brings. I know that I will be there physically and mentally ready to compete. I’m just looking forward to just being at my peak mentally and physically.”
On balancing skiing with this term commitment:
“I try not to let the socializing affect my level of skiing and to be honest, I don’t think it does. But I do feel like I am so proud to wear that USA jacket and when I’m on the team I want to represent that team in the best way that I can and there are times when being on a championship team when they are doing really well is actually easier for me to accept being in that team. It feels like you are with your best friends so it’s a different feeling.
“I think I can adjust to a lot of things in my life, I don’t want to be stuck in one of those weird places where people make me feel bad because I don’t want to make excuses. It really doesn’t feel like a priority to me and if I’m passionate about something, I’m going to go do it, I just don’t want to do it and don’t want to ask for special treatment.”
“It has helped to get rid of my tennis issues and I’m pretty active in tennis and I love it. I think it’s one of the coolest sports there is, I loved playing it in Switzerland when I was training on this bobsled track and today. I love playing tennis, it keeps me in shape, it keeps me in the best shape of my life and it keeps me around the world. It’s such a good way to travel. My family and I love to travel together. I would hate to not be able to go on any golf trips, anything like that. So if I can incorporate tennis into the next ski season, I will do that.”
Her fashion statement:
“Caviar is not something I eat normally, I’ve really been promoting a change for myself in the past few months and it’s really nice to see that it actually has stuck. I like different colors, a lot of purple and pink, so I think it’s going to be nice for me when the Winter Olympics starts and I’m ready to hit the slopes.”