The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is coming up in two months. What is the most expected sport game to you among the Winter Olympic Games? Figure skating? Short track speed skating? Or bobsleigh? This time, we will meet alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. After her debut in 2000, she has won 77 trophies in alpine skiing world championships, and now she is still on top. How she has lived her life, and how does she think in regard to this Winter Olympics?
After she won for the first time in the 2009 World Championships, following up the victory, she participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics. She won a gold medal in downhill skiing and a bronze medal in super giant slalom. After that, she also wanted to take part in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. However, an old nightmare from eight years before was brought back. In the past, she injured her knee a few days before the opening of the 2006 Torino Olympics, so she had to give up the game.
However, she didn’t think of her injury as her big flaw. She said in an interview, “With the injury, I am still a competitive player.” In order to build more confidence, she trained 8 hours every day when she had her serious knee injury. Also, she stated she always tried to be positive and to concentrate only on skiing. Then finally, she was back in shape. Returning to her original location, she met the crowd as a player and an honorary ambassador of the Winter Olympics. In 2015, she was appointed the first foreign honorary ambassador of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She said in an interview that she accepted her honorary ambassador post because she loves the Olympics so much, and showed passion to promote the Olympic Games for finding good players in Korea and in Asia.
Her new challenge is now in progress. She has asked the alpine ski league to permit her to compete with male players in ski games. She wanted to play games fairly. The league has rejected her request due to the reason that a coed game is against the rules, but recently they discussed with this matter again and there is a high probability of permitting the coed game. Many give a big hand to her courage in taking the road not yet taken.
She said the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Games will be her last. Her age is already 33, so it is clear that her age is not an early age to prepare for retirement. However, she is using up all her energy for the upcoming Olympic games now more than ever. So, how about cheering for her challenge with warm eyes?< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >