Lindsey Vonn: I want to end Olympics on a high note

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The gold she returned in Vancouver eight years ago was the first by an American woman in the downhill. In December, her paternal grandfather, Don Kildow, died.

When Vonn's trip to South Korea turned into a 24-hour ordeal of that special frustration that is an airline delay, there was a moment or two when she wondered if bringing Lucy along for the ride was a great idea.

"I feel really good, because it's not really about me or my career", Vonn said.

"She's a definitely a bigger star than me", said Vonn, unabashedly making goo-goo eyes at Lucy, as her faithful companion sat at the foot of stage, where the greatest downhill racer in US history took measure of all the big victories and painful injuries in her career.

"I think the mistakes will come from pushing too hard, because when it becomes difficult to win, guys try to take too much risk to try to gain that little bit extra", added the 40-year-old Miller, working as a broadcaster during the Games.

"I just want so badly to do well for him".

"I'm not going to be nervous, I know he's looking out for me and that gives me some peace of mind". "I'm not sure if I'm actually going to have the energy to do that".

This is Vonn's fourth Olympics. Vonn is intent on skiing at least one more season in pursuit of Stenmark's record 86 World Cup victories. "I'm proud to be your granddaughter and I will think of you always".

A healthy Vonn has been a rarity the last few years, but her problems have usually been more along the lines of injuries rather than illness. "Even though he had more wins, he had a different schedule than her and had many more opportunities and different risk tolerance".

"I feel much, much better now and I'm excited".

"I obviously have been waiting a very long time for these Olympics", Vonn said.

"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.

The men and women will compete on the same course for the first time in Olympic history.

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

She estimates that she spent the equivalent of about three years on rehabilitation from various injuries; while Vonn reiterated Friday she plans to ski another season to eclipse Stenmark, when she mentioned the word "retirement", it was in the context of how long her knees will hold up. But I know he's watching. She enjoys sleeping the majority of the day. For the ski hill.

Vonn said her increased mental strength really comes into play when she's in the starting gate. My main focus this year was exclusively on the Olympics and I'm very happy with how I feel physically, mentally.

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