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.
Read an excerpt from Vonn’s new book here.