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Lindsey Vonn’s mom is tough as nails

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When Lindsey Vonn felt the pain of ski racing crashes, she often thought of what her mom went through in childbirth.

“I came back from my injuries, but she could never come back from her stroke,” Vonn told NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen ahead of “On Her Turf: Inspiring Greatness” on NBCSN on Sunday, Mother’s Day, at 8 p.m. ET.

Vonn never heard a complaint from her mom, Linda Krohn. Not after the stroke caused minor paralysis in her left leg, which left her with a limp. Not after Krohn spent several months in the hospital thereafter.

“Seventy-five percent of the people die from the stroke I had,” Krohn said, according to The New York Times in 2010. “I went in to have Lindsey on Oct. 18, 1984, and I don’t remember anything for the next seven weeks. After five days in the hospital, the nurse came by and said, ‘I’m sorry, but your baby needs to leave.’ I didn’t even understand I had a baby.”

Krohn went on to have four more kids, including a set of triplets. When Vonn was 11, the budding skier moved from Minnesota to Colorado to advance in the sport. Krohn went with her, leaving her job of 17 years.

“My mom is tough as nails,” Vonn said. “She just has always been kind of one of those silent, tough mothers that you could always lean on for advice. She set a really good example for me.”

In “On Her Turf: Inspiring Greatness,” Tappen and Rebecca Lowe will honor moms with guests across sports, including Olympic champions Dara Torres (who earned three swimming silver medals as a mom) and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando (PyeongChang Olympic hockey champions returning from childbirth).

The three-hour show airs on NBCSN and live streams here and on the NBC Sports app.

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Team USA had its best Winter Olympic day ever, 10 years ago today

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Three titans helped deliver the U.S.’ most successful Winter Olympic medal day in history, 10 years ago today.

Lindsey VonnShani Davis and Shaun White all earned gold on the fifth day of medal competition at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games — Feb. 17, 2010.

It began with Vonn, coming back from a significantly bruised shin to win the downhill in Whistler. Vonn and teammate Julia Mancuso went one-two that day, igniting what would be an eight-medal barrage for U.S. Alpine skiers at the Games.

“I’ve given up everything for this,” Vonn said through tears in the finish area on NBC. “It means everything to me.”

It would be Vonn’s lone Olympic title. The rest of her career became about fighting back from injury, including missing the Sochi Olympics but climbing back to earn one more bronze in PyeongChang.

Later that day in British Columbia, Davis repeated as Olympic 1000m champion at the Richmond Olympic Oval, edging South Korean Mo Tae-Bum by .18 of a second. Davis, too, was joined by another American on the podium. Rival Chad Hedrick took bronze for his last individual Olympic medal.

“I had to have the courage and the strength and the determination and the will power,” Davis said on NBC.

White capped the night at Cypress Mountain, landing his signature Double McTwist 1260 on a victory-lap final run. He already had the gold medal sewn up from his first of two runs.

“I didn’t come all the way out here to hold back anything,” White, who also earned halfpipe golds in 2006 and 2018, said on NBC. “To me, it would be a bit of a disappointment if I didn’t stomp that trick.”

Bronze medalist Scotty Lago made it two Americans on the podium. That made it six total medals for the U.S. on Feb. 17, 2010, breaking the nation’s single-day Winter Olympic medal record of five from Feb. 20, 2002.

The U.S.’ best days at the Summer Olympics came on Sept. 3, 1904 (29 medals) and Aug. 11, 1984 (17 gold medals), according to the OlyMADMen.

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Lindsey Vonn makes first trip to Kitzbuehel, still feeling some sadness of retirement

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Lindsey Vonn is back on the Alpine skiing World Cup tour this weekend, but not as a racer.

Vonn, who retired last year, is a spectator (and course inspector) at the famed Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, Austria, home to the biggest annual men’s race in the sport (full TV, live stream schedule here).

It’s her first time watching competition in person since a career’s worth of injuries forced her to retire last winter, four wins shy of Ingemar Stenmark‘s World Cup record total of 86.

“I feel like skiing is like a bad break-up, so I need to keep some distance and some space,” she said, according to sponsor Red Bull. “And I’m slowly getting back into watching it. It’s hard, because every time I watch it, it reminds me of what I’m missing. I find it easier to watch the men’s races obviously than the women’s, but of course I’m always cheering for my teammates and watching girls coming back from injury who’ve had a hard time.

“I kind of need some space still. But, as time goes on, I’ll be able to be more involved and it will be less painful for me, and I can kind of start to build a new relationship with ski racing.”

Vonn was a special guest at the podium presentation of Friday’s super-G won by Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, who like Vonn came back from major knee injuries to return to an Olympic podium.

Vonn long harbored ambitions of racing against men, but it never came to fruition, at least in part due to the International Ski Federation never signing off. In 2012, she was quoted saying she wanted to race at Kitzbuehel, the most challenging track on the men’s circuit.

“Before I was injured, I really wish I would have at least got a chance to ski down it,” she said this week. “I wouldn’t even mind if I had raced, but it would have been cool for me to one time go down it with a race suit on and see what it’s like. Being here as a spectator, I’m so jealous of the men.”

While Vonn keeps busy in retirement, including wedding planning with fiance P.K. Subban, emotional pain remains from being off the ski circuit.

“It’s not really about letting go as much as just not being able to do what I love anymore,” she said. “That’s like a bad break-up where I just miss it, and wish I could still do it, but physically I wasn’t able to, and it’s a hard reality to accept. No matter how many business deals I make or companies I start, it’s never going to replace the adrenaline and the speed and the thrill of ski racing.

“It’s something I have to learn to live with ,and I just thought it would be a little easier than it was, but when you wake up and your world’s totally different and the reality sinks in, it just makes you sad sometimes.”

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