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.
If you’ve seen Michael Phelps‘ interview with Matt Lauer on TODAY from April 27, then check out the more in-depth report from Dateline’s “On Assignment” last week.
The Phelps portion of the show starts at the 30-minute mark above.
The piece from May 15 included more from Phelps and coach Bob Bowman‘s interviews with Lauer from their Arizona training base.
Phelps discussed his relationship with his father and what he wants to accomplish in his fifth Olympics in Rio, should he make the U.S. team.
“There’s a number in my head,” Phelps said, coyly, when asked of his goals before he retires after the Rio Games.
If Phelps doesn’t hit that number in August, will he have gone out the way he wants?
“Yeah, because I’m giving an honest effort,” Phelps said.
Phelps’ next two scheduled meets are in Austin, Texas, from June 3-5 and the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha from June 26-July 3 (broadcast schedule here).
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Michael Phelps discussed his recent dark times following his 2014 DUI arrest and more in a sitdown interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer.
Phelps, training for his potential fifth Olympics after a 20-month competitive retirement following London 2012, served a six-month suspension last year following his arrest.
He details the downward spiral that culminated in a 45-day rehab stint.
Since coming back, Phelps has posted the world’s fastest times since 2009 in the 100m and 200m butterflies since the London Olympics.
He can qualify for the Olympic team at the U.S. Olympic Trials from June 26-July 3 in Omaha, broadcast on NBC Sports.
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