|Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn poses during the NBC Olympics/
United States Olympic Committee photo shoot in West
Hollywood, Calif. in April 2013.
Lindsey Vonn won’t be competing at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games but she said she has “committed” herself to racing through the next Olympic Winter Games set for 2018 in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.
“After making the decision not to compete in Sochi, I have actually committed myself to racing through to the next Olympics,” Vonn said on NBC’s "Today" show Tuesday morning, adding, “I'm very motivated. I have a lot that I want to accomplish still. I want to take my time. I felt a little bit rushed last time trying to be back and ready for Sochi.”
Vonn, who owns 59 world cup victories, also told the “Today” show that she plans to return to competitive skiing in October. Vonn suffered a major knee injury last February and then further damaged her knee while attempting her comeback.
On Jan. 7 she announced that she would be unable to compete in Sochi. She underwent surgery on her right ACL nearly two weeks ago and was lying on a couch during her televised interview.
Vonn, who captured a gold medal in the downhill and a bronze medal in the super-G during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, will be working for NBC during the Sochi Winter Games but will not make the trip to Russia.
Instead, she will be a correspondent for the network and will report on the Olympic Winter Games for the “Today” show and some NBC Sports broadcasts, providing viewers with updates on her own rehabilitation as well as discuss how athletes prepare for Olympic competition. The Opening Ceremony is set for Feb. 7 and the Winter Games run through Feb. 23.
“It's going to be really really hard to watch the alpine events,” she said during her “Today” interview.
Amy Rosewater is a freelance writer and editor for TeamUSA.org. A former sports reporter for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, she has covered two Olympic Games and two Olympic Winter Games. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.