Lindsey Vonn: My ComebackIn an exclusive blog for The Red Bulletin, Vonn shares the experiences of her first big win since coming back from injury - and what it all means for the future.
December 11, 2014
This past weekend was truly amazing and could not have been better. I want to congratulate my teammates for making history with a first ever team U.S.A. podium sweep. It feels good to be back with my team, my coaches and my fans.
At this time last year at Lake Louise I was in a completely different position. I had a blown-out knee, and was trying to race, hoping I could still go to the Olympics. I was pushing myself beyond my physical limits and felt my confidence deteriorating. I wasn’t focusing on my skiing; I was focusing on my knee and worrying if and when it would give out. It was wobbly and unstable, but I couldn’t admit to anyone, even myself, how serious it was because I wanted to get to Sochi so badly.
Shortly after Lake Louise I went to compete at the World Cup in Val d’Isere, France where unfortunately my knee finally gave out. From that point forward I had to rebuild myself, again. However, the second time around I was more aware and more cautious. Being smarter this time, I eased my way into training; I took my time and listened to my body.
Winning this Saturday was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be. It was a very similar feeling to when I won the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010. I didn’t win because I wanted to prove I could make a comeback. I won in spite of that. I won because I was finally healthy and I believed in myself, both mentally and physically. It’s been a very long process to get to where I am at now, but I never gave up. This weekend in Lake Louise was a very pivotal point in my career. I finally have my confidence back!
Now that I have successfully finished my first World Cup, I’m headed back to Vail, Colorado. Over the next few days I’ll be training at Beaver Creek on the men’s World Cup course, focusing on speed training. I’m not fully to the point where I am consistently fast, so I want more practice to be ready for the rest of my World Cup races…and of course, it’s nice to have more time with my dog Leo.
I want to thank everyone for the amazing support and sticking with me through it all!
Stayed tuned for more from Lindsey in the coming weeks.