Lindsey Vonn vows to be ready for Sochi, won’t discuss Tiger Woods

Lindsey Vonn is helicoptered off the course during the Alpine world ski championships.
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Skier Lindsey Vonn vowed that she will be ready for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games despite breaking her right leg and tearing her ACL and MCL on Feb. 5 at the Alpine skiing world championships in Austria.

“I have no doubt I will be ready for Sochi,” Vonn said Monday on the “Today” show. “Honestly, in a worst-case scenario, if I trained a week before the Games, I’d be fine.”

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7 to 23.

Earlier, in a conference call with reporters, Vonn discussed what was going through her mind during the initial moments of the injury.


“Basically what happened was I came into that jump going a little bit faster, or I don’t know if I just hit the jump wrong, but I feel like I flew a lot further than the other girls,” Vonn said. “When I landed, the snow was just different. The snow was soft. It was not slick, basically, and my right ski just stopped and my knee buckled. I feel that loose snow was 100% the reason why I crashed.

“I initially thought it was going to be worse. There was just so much pain that I couldn’t quite tell where exactly it was coming from.

And, of course, her rumored relationship with Tiger Woods came up. Asked about Woods, Vonn said, “I’m only two weeks out from the worst injury I’ve had in my career. At this point, I’m just not going to talk about my personal life.”


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