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Olympics: Goggia aiming to beat Vonn

Olympics: Goggia aiming to beat Vonn

Known for her hard-charging style on skis, Lindsey Vonn is not taking any chances off the slopes.

"I'm definitely going to ski another season after this", she said.

Eight years ago in Vancouver, Vonn wore a mask. "I miss him so much". "I'm just trying to stay healthy". "And I feel closer to him when I'm skiing".

After a lackluster start to the season, Vonn came on strong in the lead-up to PyeongChang after resting her knee for a month. She won a bronze in that event at Vancouver in 2010 and a gold in the downhill.

"And I know it's a comparison between sports and I don't think there's a sport in the Winter Olympics where you can win 23 medals across three or four Olympics".

CNN's Cody Wire asked the Colorado skier how memories of her grandfather resonated with her now that she is in South Korea getting ready for the games. She was estranged from her father, and then reconciled. Instead, she will focus her attention on the downhill, the super-G and the combined.

Vonn is trying to get to PyeongChang to participate in this year's opening ceremony, which kicks off February 9.

"It has long sweeping turns, some nice tactical sections", she said.

"I don't think I can contend for a medal so there's no point". "It just now depends on weather and snow conditions, but the men said it was awesome".

Her Olympic history is covered in more crashes than glory.

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"I'm just going to lay it all out there". Download the Team USA app today. She is 33, and is openly talking about, nearly certainly, being her last Olympics.

"I've always been in awe of the Olympics, especially 2002", she said.

"I don't think that awe and respect has has ever changed".

"The thing that gives me the most satisfaction is the skiing part of it". "I'm still in that position right now". He passed away in November.

"I feel really good, because it's not really about me or my career", Vonn said. "I want so badly to do well for him".

"It's extremely flattering, but I don't see it - it's apples and oranges". I really want to end on a high note.

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. I've overcome a lot and I know what I'm capable of.

She also finds comfort in traveling with her dog Lucy, who also accompanied her to the press conference. Being in a hotel room is often times is just extremely hard. Before Vonn headed back onto the World Cup circuit last fall, she made what has become an annual sojourn back to their simple house, where she sleeps on a house in the basement. I always have her with me.

Innerhofer, who has form on the mountain having finished second in the super-G in the test World Cup event two years ago, has struggled to bother the podium on a regular basis since his Sochi showing but insisted he still had something to offer. "It's extremely lonely on the road, and since got divorced I have lot of free time on my hands at night". I'm going to give it everything I have and whatever happens will happen.

However, Vonn's not retiring after the Games. "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". I miss him so much.


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