Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn: My Comeback, Part 7

Vonn clinched back-to-back titles in the downhill and super-G World Cup races this week. Ahead of the final race in her comeback season, the pro skier reflects on the epic journey it took to get here.

March 20, 2015

Although I still have one more race left, I know that I can already finish this season with a smile on my face. The road has been long, and full of ups and downs, but it has proven to be one of the most meaningful turns of my career: my comeback. When I look back on my two surgeries, my rehab, and my races, I can truly tell you what sweat and determination can do. I look back and see hospitals, rehab centers, early mornings in the gym, painful nights, progress, setbacks but most of all, support. I didn’t get to where I am now on my own, so I want to take a moment and thank everyone for believing in me when I needed it the most. I set high expectations for myself, and I will never be able to slow down, but the people who have helped me get here believed I could reach those expectations and pushed me to go faster.  

Winning the Downhill and the super-G titles was an epic feat.  I gave it everything I had and couldn’t wish for better results.  Watching the men race, I knew where the difficult parts of the course were and made sure not to make room for any mistakes because I knew I couldn’t.  Pushing out of the starting gate I knew Austria’s Anna Fenninger was in the lead.  I love high pressure situations because it usually helps bring out some of my best skiing.  And I knew after the downhill that I only needed one more win to tie Ingemar Stenmark’s record with 19 Crystal Globes.  It’s a tremendous honor to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Stenmark—the greatest legend in ski racing.   These wins are that much sweeter because they are the achievements in my comeback season.  Some people doubted me in the beginning, but here I am now.  

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Vonn with ski tech Heinz Hämmerle in Meribel, France.

We celebrated last night with the Head team and now I have a few days to get some good training in before the Giant Slalom race on Sunday. Having won definitely gave me more energy to help finish the last race strong before I head back to the States. 

See you at the finish line! 

-LV

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Vonn and Norwegian skier Kjetil Jansrud show off their globes.

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