BEAVER CREEEK, Colo. — Lindsey Vonn had an active day in Beaver Creek on Saturday. Without crutches, she greeted children, signed autographs and even played with her dog, Leo, only stoping periodically to elevate her leg and ice her injured knee.
The four-time overall champ reaffirmed her primary objective is to get healthy in time for the 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek next season, rallying the hometown crowd, which was on hand for Vail Resorts’ EpicMix finals (their version of NASTAR).
“I remember watching Marco Buechel get a silver medal in the GS,” Vonn said, reflecting in World Championships past. “I was slipping right behind him, and I remember watching his style and thinking how amazing it was. It was a beautiful, typical sunny Vail day, the crowds were going crazy and I just thought how amazing it would be to be able to have this experience.
“Now, I finally will be able to have my hometown World Championships and get to race at a pretty unique and special event,” she added.
Vonn made no specific comments about her plans for racing next season or getting back on snow, other than she’s determined to race at the World Championships in February.
“I hope you guys are all going to be out here for the 2015 World Championships,” she said to the crowd. “I’m going to be here racing, so I’ll need your support.”