Throughout the course of her career, Lindsey Vonn has suffered her fair share of injuries, physical, mental, and emotional. She can remember each and every accident she’s had, from concussions to frostbite, to a broken ankle she suffered in 2015. With each physical setback, Vonn has an emotional scar to match, as she recalls the disappointment of an injury that ripped a win away from her grasp. However, the way she sees, that makes the wins all the more poignant.
Despite the inherent hardships she’s weathered and the constant wear and tear she’s heaped onto her body, Vonn still has high hopes for the Olympics in Pyeongchang. This is without a doubt her last shot at competition, though she has already appeared in four different games, excluding the 2014 event in Sochi. Her years competing mean she’s now the oldest in her sport, as all of her peers have since retired. Even so, she’s still been taking home plenty of gold medals at the World Championships. At 33, Vonn continues to prove to the skiing world that she’s still a contender. She’s also the most accomplished female skier in history, and second only to Ingemar Stenmark all around.
Vonn has never been one to let her various injuries get in the way of competition. In 2006, she had a serious crash that put her in the hospital while training for the Olympics, but even that wasn’t going to stop Lindsey from speeding down the mountain. Though she didn’t even come close to places, for her the accomplishment was just showing up. Little has changed in the ensuing decade. Vonn may have found herself short on Olympic medals and overloaded with media attention for the wrong reasons, but none of those are enough to convince her that she shouldn’t rise right back up to the top of the mountain.