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Olympian Lindsey Vonn Is Just Like the Rest of Us When It Comes to Flight Delays

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is on her way to South Korea for the Winter Olympics, but only after encountering a series of delays.

Vonn, who will compete in the downhill, Super G and combined events here next week, broke down in tears when asked about the death of her grandfather and skiing mentor, Don Kildow, who died a year ago.

"In Lenzerheide I was emotional and crying and frustrated and not really myself so that was a sign to me that I was just a little bit too exhausted", she said of her final giant slalom World Cup race before the Games, where she finished seventh.

"It was very windy from behind on the track, I took the good wind with me, it blew me down!" said the 33-year-old Innerhofer.

Lindsey Vonn had a challenging trip this week to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The gold she returned in Vancouver eight years ago was the first by an American woman in the downhill.

Vonn also looked past the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, vowing to continue to race on the World Cup until she breaks the record of 86 World Cup wins held by Ingemar Stenmark.

"I'm not going to be nervous, I know he's looking out for me and that gives me some peace of mind".

"I want to end on a high note", she told a press conference yesterday.

This is Vonn's last winter games. With all Vonn's travails - she figures, given all her injuries, she has spent three complete years in rehab - it was easy to downplay her potential impact here.

Vonn is trying to get to PyeongChang to participate in this year's opening ceremony, which kicks off February 9. "I'm proud to be your granddaughter and I will think of you always".

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Not so much physically exhausted - although that is a constant factor with the daily grind of the World Cup circuit - as she was simply mentally wiped out.

"She's usually in the hotel room whenever I'm racing", Vonn said. She enjoys sleeping the majority of the day.

"You're insane. OK. He has, what, 23 medals?" she said on Saturday. Questions about Don Kildow, and the tears they prompted were inevitable following Vonn's use of social media to pay tribute to the man who first put her on skis as a two-year-old in Wisconsin. But I know he's watching.

"Ah, it's really hard", replied Vonn, the most successful female ski racer of all time.

She said: "I want so badly to do well for him". I know it's a comparison between sports and I don't think there's a sport in the Winter Olympics where you can even win 23 medals across three or four Olympics.

"I definitely am going to ski another season", she said.

"I would like to compete in everything", she said.

"If it's more windy than today, the gondola is not going to run so then we have a major problem for everybody and it's not going to happen".

Vonn said her increased mental strength really comes into play when she's in the starting gate.

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