Lindsey Vonn makes vow to be ready for 2014 Olympics

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VAIL, Colo. — World champion downhill skier Lindsey Vonn says there is no doubt in her mind that she will defend her Olympic skiing title next year.

Vonn is recovering in Vail from ACL and MCL surgery after a disastrous crash on February 5th at the Alpine skiing world championships in Austria.

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia Feb. 7-23.

She says she’s the underdog now.

During a conference call with reporters Monday she talked about the initial moments of her crash, which happened immediately after she went off of a jump. “When I landed, the snow was just different. The snow was soft. It was not slick, basically, and my right ski just stopped and my knee buckled. I feel that loose snow was 100% the reason why I crashed.”

Vonn had previously criticized race officials in Austria. She says it should not have been run because of fog and soft snow.

The skier’s rumored relationship with Tiger Woods came up as well. She didn’t even address the question, other than to say she’s not talking about her personal life two weeks after the worst injury of her career.

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