Lindsey Vonn

LINDSEY VONN: MY COMEBACK, PART 3

Photography: Erich Spiess

Vonn officially became the most decorated female skiier of all time this past weekend when she tied and then beat the record for most female Ski World Cup wins. She shares her thoughts on capturing that 63rd victory. 

What a wonderful few days it has been in Cortina. I’m so incredibly happy that my family and boyfriend were there with me to celebrate! Thanks to everyone’s love and support. I’m in St. Moritz, Switzerland right now and still struggling to let it all sink in.

The training run on Thursday went well for me so I felt confident going into Friday’s race. For Friday morning’s inspection, though, I knew right away going up the chairlift we were going to have to push the start area down. The weather was cloudy and the visibility was really bad. It wasn’t the usual Cortina weather I am used to seeing. I skied well, but it wasn’t enough with the weather conditions. 

I woke up Saturday morning with a lot of energy and determination for the race, only to look out the window and find the race hill buried in snow. The race was cancelled so I took my family out to lunch, and did some shopping, confident that Cortina could make the track race-ready for Sunday, and of course, they did. 

“It was an unbelievable feeling and a huge relief.  I couldn’t have been happier—until Monday.”

The weather on Sunday was Cortina-perfect, my family was in the finish, and I knew this was the day I’d been working so hard for. This was the culmination of my professional career. To be back, to be healthy, to have my family in the finish, I needed this to be the day I tied the record for most female wins. And it was. And it was an unbelievable feeling and a huge relief. I couldn’t have been happier—until Monday.

Monday’s Super-G was in some ways easier because the weight to reach the record had been lifted. I knew what I needed to win the race; it was just a matter of pushing out of the start and I’m so glad I was able to break that tie from the day before. 

I can’t wait to keep pushing the record if I can, and working towards new goals. I am grateful for having such wonderful support from my coaches, friends, family, and fans. I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. Each grain of sand adds up to make the beach. Keep going when you think you can’t, no matter how little progress you think you are making.  You will find, as I am doing, looking back, each step takes you closer to where you want to be. 

-LV

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn competes at the super-G competition during the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

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