Lindsey Vonn is coming off three knee injuries in four years, but she does not believe that will slow her down this season.
“I’m healthy,” she said to Matt Lauer this morning on TODAY. “I’ve been working out really hard. I just got back from Chile, and I’m skiing really fast.”
In Chile, she was training with male skiers from the United States and Norway. She was the only woman in the training group.
“I like training with guys because they push me to ski faster and be a better skier,” Vonn said.
Vonn would eventually like to do more than just train with men. She is hoping to convince the International Ski Federation (FIS) to let her race against men in the year after the 2018 Olympics.
“I think it’d be good for the sport and it’s an ambition of mine that I’ve always wanted to do,” Vonn said in a recent interview with the Denver Post. “I train with (men) all the time and I feel like I push myself harder when I ski with them. I just want to see where I stack up. It’s just something I want to do before I retire. I just don’t know if the FIS will let it happen before I retire. Nothing moves very fast when it comes to changing rules and allowing this sort of thing to take place.”
Vonn appeared on TODAY to promote her new book, “Strong is the New Beautiful.” She admitted that she has “insecurities like everyone else.”
“Being on the mountain is the only time I feel 100 percent sure of myself,” Vonn said.
After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.
Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.
Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.
“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.
Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.
Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.