Lindsey Vonn still has dreams of winning a gold medal
3:57 PM, Feb 11, 2014
9:05 AM, Feb 12, 2014
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - You're seeing a lot of Lindsey Vonn this month even though she's not competing in the Winter Games in Sochi.
The downhill skiing champion is spending a lot of time in South Florida with boyfriend Tiger Woods as she rehabs from surgery.
She's also spending a lot of time on the Today Show talking about the Olympic competition and doing segments with the Today gang.
"You know, I've really enjoyed this time so far on the Today Show," she said. "Live television is similar to competition in a way because there's no mistakes. You can't mess up. You've got to get it right the first time. So I've found it to be very exciting."
Lindsey is not ruling out a second career in TV. But she's insisting her focus is on being ready to compete in the games in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Is there a part of you right now that is difficult being stateside when for so long you were gearing for Sochi? she was asked.
"Yeah, it's frustrating. You know, I worked so hard after the last surgery to be back for Sochi. That was my goal and what was pushing me every day."
That goal ended in a split second with a crash on the slopes in December. Still, Lindsey didn't immediately give up her dream of going to Russia.
"It (the crash) completely maxxed out my knee. It was almost a worse crash than the one I did last February in the world championship. So I knew immediately but I never lost hope. I kept fighting until the last, last minute and I had to decide that I couldn't do it anymore."
So Vonn is doing analysis and features on the Olympics for NBC as she continues intense rehab for another shot at gold in four years. "I don't want to go out like this. I want to go out on top. I'm definitely very motivated and very determined to be back."
That determination is bolstered from Woods.
"Tiger is supportive in a lot of ways. He's obviously been through the same injury and he understands... you know the physical struggle that I go through and also the mental struggles. He's just always been there for me. So I'm really lucky to have someone like that in my corner."
Lindsey has a lot of fans in her corner, but Tiger may be just the extra nudge to get her back on the slopes in winning form.