American skier Lindsey Vonn was forced to withdraw from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi because of multiple knee injuries and setbacks, but she has not given up her hopes of returning to the Olympic Games.
Vonn recently announced that she is planning to compete in for years, when the Olympics head to Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“After making the decision not to compete in Sochi, I have actually committed myself to racing through to the next Olympics,” Vonn said on the “TODAY” show on Tuesday, via OlympicTalk.com. “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 will be 33 years old when the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics take place, which would make her the oldest women’s Olympic Alpine skier to receive a medal if she makes it to the podium.
For now, Vonn will prepare to be part of NBC’s Olympic coverage for the 2014 Games, while she watches and wonders about what could have been.
“It’s going to be so hard,” Vonn said of watching the Olympics rather than competing for the first time since 1998. “It’s already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi every two minutes, and it’s killing me. … It’s going to be really, really hard to watch the Alpine events.”