Lindsey Vonn dedicates long-awaited Olympics race to late grandfather on Instagram

Lindsey Vonn during a training run ahead of the Pyeong Chang Olympics

Lindsey Vonn during a training run ahead of the Pyeong Chang Olympics

Lindsey Vonn is set to compete in her first Olympic race in eight years, and she will be doing so with a somewhat heavy heart.

Going into the PyeongChang Olympics though, Vonn is healthy and ready to rip. This time I have a more important mission; win for my late Grandpa. "It suits my skiing really well".

After a litany of injuries, including two torn ACLs, two concussions and several broken bones, Vonn is interested in what life has in store for her post-skiing career, though that doesn't mean she'll be totally out of the spotlight.

Finishing second in an Olympic test event is a familiar position for Vonn.

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While not everyone agrees it's appropriate for athletes representing America on the world stage to criticize its leaders (the backlash against Vonn, for example, was swift), Olympian Sarah Hendrickson - who's competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea at the 2018 winter Olympics - thinks that Vonn is an inspiration for her fearlessness. She went on to claim the Olympic downhill gold medal in Vancouver.

"Well.after 8 years of waiting I finally get a chance to compete in the Olympics again". American Laurenne Ross finished sixth.

The U.S. Women's Curling Team continues round-robin play as well. Johnston, who is from Wyoming, worked at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and 2014 Sochi Games. "But we've had a lot of skiers and snowboarders come back in a year and do very well", he added. "It's a relief, because it's been prepped so well". "Optimistically, I hope it will be easier for women in the workforce or in athletics, that's what I represent and that's what inspires me and it's good to see people standing up for themselves", Hendrickson says.

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