Olympian Lindsey Vonn Talks Retirement, Boyfriend And Birthday | TODAY


>>>WE ARE BACK WITH IN-DEPTH>>>WE ARE BACK WITH IN-DEPTH TODAY. TODAY. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SKIING WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SKIING ROYALTY. ROYALTY. THE GREAT LINDSEY VONN IS HERE. THE GREAT LINDSEY VONN IS HERE. AFTER YEARS OF POURING HER HEART AFTER YEARS OF POURING HER HEART AND SOUL INTO THE SPORT, LINDSEY AND SOUL INTO THE SPORT, LINDSEY COMPLETED IN HER FINAL EVENT COMPLETED IN HER FINAL EVENT EARLIER THIS MONTH. EARLIER THIS MONTH. SHE WALKS AWAY AS THE MOST SHE WALKS AWAY AS THE MOST DECORATED FEMALE SKIER EVER. DECORATED FEMALE SKIER EVER. BEFORE WE CHAT WITH HER, WE’LL BEFORE WE CHAT WITH HER, WE’LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT HER CAREER, TAKE A LOOK BACK AT HER CAREER, FULL OF ACCOLADES AND FULL OF ACCOLADES AND ADRENALINE. ADRENALINE.>>Reporter: LINDSEY VONN LEFT>>Reporter: LINDSEY VONN LEFT IT ALL ON THE SLOPES. IT ALL ON THE SLOPES. THE HEARTBEAT OF AMERICAN SKIING THE HEARTBEAT OF AMERICAN SKIING FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES. FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES.>>A SUPERHERO TODAY.>>A SUPERHERO TODAY.>>Reporter: VONN’S OLYMPIC GOLD>>Reporter: VONN’S OLYMPIC GOLD IN VANCOUVER GAVE US REASON TO IN VANCOUVER GAVE US REASON TO CHEER. CHEER. HER 82 WORLD CUP VICTORIES ARE HER 82 WORLD CUP VICTORIES ARE THE MOST EVER BY A FEMALE SKIER. THE MOST EVER BY A FEMALE SKIER. THE MINNESOTA NATIVE’S THE MINNESOTA NATIVE’S POPULARITY TRANSCENDING HER POPULARITY TRANSCENDING HER SPORT, LANDING HER ON MAGAZINE SPORT, LANDING HER ON MAGAZINE COVERS AND RED CARPETS. COVERS AND RED CARPETS.>>LINDSEY VONN.>>LINDSEY VONN.>>Reporter: EVEN AS SERIOUS>>Reporter: EVEN AS SERIOUS INJURIES TOOK THEIR TOLL, VONN INJURIES TOOK THEIR TOLL, VONN STAYED ON COURSE. STAYED ON COURSE. LAST YEAR IN PYEONGCHANG, SHE LAST YEAR IN PYEONGCHANG, SHE DEDICATED THE DOWNHILL BRONZE TO DEDICATED THE DOWNHILL BRONZE TO HER LATE GRANDFATHER. HER LATE GRANDFATHER. LAST MONTH, VONN REVEALED SHE LAST MONTH, VONN REVEALED SHE WAS STRUGGLING TO SKI THROUGH WAS STRUGGLING TO SKI THROUGH THE PAIN. THE PAIN.>>I’M NOT SURE.>>I’M NOT SURE. I’M NOT SURE IF I CAN KEEP I’M NOT SURE IF I CAN KEEP GOING. GOING.>>Reporter: DAYS LATER,>>Reporter: DAYS LATER, ACKNOWLEDGING, IT WAS TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGING, IT WAS TIME TO WALK AWAY, WRITING ON INSTAGRAM WALK AWAY, WRITING ON INSTAGRAM THAT HER BODY WAS, QUOTE, BROKEN THAT HER BODY WAS, QUOTE, BROKEN BEYOND REPAIR. BEYOND REPAIR. CLOSING OUT HER CAREER AT THE CLOSING OUT HER CAREER AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS MONTH, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS MONTH, VONN CRASHED DURING THE SUPER G. VONN CRASHED DURING THE SUPER G.>>JUST BECAUSE I GET KNOCKED>>JUST BECAUSE I GET KNOCKED DOWN DOESN’T MEAN I CAN’T GET DOWN DOESN’T MEAN I CAN’T GET BACK UP. BACK UP. I STILL HAVE ONE MORE CHANCE. I STILL HAVE ONE MORE CHANCE.>>Reporter: VONN TOOK ADVANTAGE>>Reporter: VONN TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT, COMING BACK TO SNAG ONE OF IT, COMING BACK TO SNAG ONE LAST MEDAL IN THE DOWNHILL. LAST MEDAL IN THE DOWNHILL.>>I FOUGHT WITH MY HEART THE>>I FOUGHT WITH MY HEART THE WHOLE WAY DOWN. WHOLE WAY DOWN.>>Reporter: A FITTING END FOR>>Reporter: A FITTING END FOR THE CHAMPION WHOSE HEART DEFINED THE CHAMPION WHOSE HEART DEFINED HER LEGACY. HER LEGACY.>>WE’RE HAPPY LINDSEY IS HERE>>WE’RE HAPPY LINDSEY IS HERE FOR HER FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE FOR HER FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE RETIREMENT. RETIREMENT. LINDSEY. LINDSEY.>>HODA.>>HODA.>>CAN I SAY THIS ON TV?>>CAN I SAY THIS ON TV? I DON’T CARE. I DON’T CARE. YOU’RE A BADASS MAN. YOU’RE A BADASS MAN. YOU ARE. YOU ARE. MAKING ME WATCH THAT MADE ME MAKING ME WATCH THAT MADE ME THINK, OH, MY GOD. THINK, OH, MY GOD.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>TELL ME THIS, YOU ANNOUNCE>>TELL ME THIS, YOU ANNOUNCE YOUR RETIREMENT, PUT YOUR HEAD YOUR RETIREMENT, PUT YOUR HEAD ON THE PILLOW, WAKE UP IN THE ON THE PILLOW, WAKE UP IN THE MORNING. MORNING. WHAT WAS THAT REALIZATION LIKE WHAT WAS THAT REALIZATION LIKE FOR YOU? FOR YOU?>>IT’S REALLY BIZARRE.>>IT’S REALLY BIZARRE. IT’S WEIRD BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IT’S WEIRD BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE IN SUCH A ROUTINE. YOU ARE IN SUCH A ROUTINE. YOU WAKE UP, YOU GO TO THE GYM, YOU WAKE UP, YOU GO TO THE GYM, YOU DO THERAPY, YOU KNOW. YOU DO THERAPY, YOU KNOW. YOUR WHOLE LIFE IS SCHEDULED, YOUR WHOLE LIFE IS SCHEDULED, YOU KNOW. YOU KNOW. I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 20 I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 20 YEARS. YEARS. TO WAKE UP AND SUDDENLY NOT HAVE TO WAKE UP AND SUDDENLY NOT HAVE THAT IS REALLY WEIRD. THAT IS REALLY WEIRD. I HAVE NOT ADAPTED AT ALL. I HAVE NOT ADAPTED AT ALL. I’M KIND OF LOSING MY MIND I’M KIND OF LOSING MY MIND ALREADY, AND IT’S ONLY BEEN A ALREADY, AND IT’S ONLY BEEN A WEEK. WEEK.>>I WAS PLEASED TO SEE THAT>>I WAS PLEASED TO SEE THAT WHEN YOU CAME HOME, YOU PUT THE WHEN YOU CAME HOME, YOU PUT THE KEY IN THE DOOR AFTER ALL OF IT KEY IN THE DOOR AFTER ALL OF IT WAS OVER, AND I SAID, I WONDER WAS OVER, AND I SAID, I WONDER WHAT LINDSEY IS GOING HOME TO WHAT LINDSEY IS GOING HOME TO THAT NIGHT. THAT NIGHT. YOU WALKED IN, AND YOUR ADORABLE YOU WALKED IN, AND YOUR ADORABLE BOYFRIEND HAD DECK KATEORATED YO BOYFRIEND HAD DECK KATEORATED YO APARTMENT WITH A GOAT, BECAUSE APARTMENT WITH A GOAT, BECAUSE YOU ARE THE GREATEST OF ALL YOU ARE THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. TIME. MUST BE NICE TO COME HOME TO MUST BE NICE TO COME HOME TO SOMEONE YOU LOVE. SOMEONE YOU LOVE.>>IT WAS THE BEST WELCOME HOME>>IT WAS THE BEST WELCOME HOME PRESENT I COULD HAVE EVER ASKED PRESENT I COULD HAVE EVER ASKED FOR, YOU KNOW. FOR, YOU KNOW. I HADN’T SEEN HIM IN ALMOST I HADN’T SEEN HIM IN ALMOST EIGHT WEEKS. EIGHT WEEKS. I WASN’T EXPECTING ANYTHING, YOU I WASN’T EXPECTING ANYTHING, YOU KNOW. KNOW. I JUST WANTED TO BE HOME AND BE I JUST WANTED TO BE HOME AND BE WITH HIM. WITH HIM. I MEAN, THE GOAT ACTUALLY KIND I MEAN, THE GOAT ACTUALLY KIND OF FREAKED ME OUT BECAUSE IT WAS OF FREAKED ME OUT BECAUSE IT WAS VERY REALISTIC. VERY REALISTIC. MY DOG, LUCY, WAS PANICKING. MY DOG, LUCY, WAS PANICKING. WHAT IS THIS ANIMAL IN THE WHAT IS THIS ANIMAL IN THE HOUSE? HOUSE? BUT IT WAS SO SWEET. BUT IT WAS SO SWEET. YOU KNOW, THAT’S ONE THING THAT YOU KNOW, THAT’S ONE THING THAT I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR, IS THAT HE I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR, IS THAT HE CELEBRATES MY CAREER AS MUCH AS CELEBRATES MY CAREER AS MUCH AS I DO. I DO. HE’S SUCH A GREAT ATHLETE HE’S SUCH A GREAT ATHLETE HIMSELF THAT IT MEANS SO MUCH HIMSELF THAT IT MEANS SO MUCH COMING FROM HIM. COMING FROM HIM.>>YOU GAVE US ALL SO MUCH.>>YOU GAVE US ALL SO MUCH. I CAN’T THINK OF HOW MANY HIGHS I CAN’T THINK OF HOW MANY HIGHS WE GOT BECAUSE WE GOT TO WATCH WE GOT BECAUSE WE GOT TO WATCH YOU. YOU. IN A “WASHINGTON POST” EDITORIAL IN A “WASHINGTON POST” EDITORIAL EDITORIAL, IT SAID IT BEST. EDITORIAL, IT SAID IT BEST. MANY YEARS FROM NOW, LONG AFTER MANY YEARS FROM NOW, LONG AFTER THE CHEERING HAS DIED AWAY, THE THE CHEERING HAS DIED AWAY, THE MOUNTAINS WILL REMEMBER HER. MOUNTAINS WILL REMEMBER HER. I WAS THINKING, HOW DO YOU SAY I WAS THINKING, HOW DO YOU SAY GOOD-BYE TO THIS? GOOD-BYE TO THIS?>>DON’T MAKE ME CRY.>>DON’T MAKE ME CRY. I’M GOING TO KILL YOU. I’M GOING TO KILL YOU. OH, MY GOD. OH, MY GOD. YEAH, IT’S HARD. YEAH, IT’S HARD. IT’S BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE SINCE I IT’S BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE SINCE I WAS 2 1/2. WAS 2 1/2. YOU KNOW, I HOPE I’VE DONE YOU KNOW, I HOPE I’VE DONE SOMETHING IN MY CAREER THAT IS SOMETHING IN MY CAREER THAT IS MORE MEANINGFUL THAN 82 WINS. MORE MEANINGFUL THAN 82 WINS. I HOPE THAT THE MOUNTAINS I HOPE THAT THE MOUNTAINS REMEMBER ME. REMEMBER ME. I DEFINITELY KNOW THE FENCES I DEFINITELY KNOW THE FENCES WILL. WILL. BUT IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING RIDE, BUT IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING RIDE, AND I COULDN’T BE MORE THANKFUL. AND I COULDN’T BE MORE THANKFUL. YOU KNOW, I TRULY HAVE LOVED SKI YOU KNOW, I TRULY HAVE LOVED SKI RACING MY ENTIRE LIFE. RACING MY ENTIRE LIFE. I’VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO DO IT I’VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO DO IT FOR SO LONG. FOR SO LONG. UNFORTUNATELY, YOU KNOW, MY BODY UNFORTUNATELY, YOU KNOW, MY BODY GAVE OUT, BUT MY PASSION FOR GAVE OUT, BUT MY PASSION FOR SKIING WILL ALWAYS REMAIN. SKIING WILL ALWAYS REMAIN. I CAN’T WAIT TO GO SKIING WITH I CAN’T WAIT TO GO SKIING WITH MY KIDS ONE DAY. MY KIDS ONE DAY.>>IS THAT — IS THAT IN THE>>IS THAT — IS THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE? NEAR FUTURE? IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE TALKING IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE? ABOUT HERE?>>WE HAVE TO PLAN IT OUT BUT,>>WE HAVE TO PLAN IT OUT BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT — I YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT — I MEAN, I’M 34. MEAN, I’M 34. YOU KNOW, WE’RE THINKING ABOUT YOU KNOW, WE’RE THINKING ABOUT IT. IT.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. I WAS STRUCK BY HOW AFTER BEING I WAS STRUCK BY HOW AFTER BEING THE MOST DECORATED FEMALE SKIER THE MOST DECORATED FEMALE SKIER OF ALL TIME, WITH 82, YOU WROTE OF ALL TIME, WITH 82, YOU WROTE ON YOUR INSTAGRAM, AND I THOUGHT ON YOUR INSTAGRAM, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS POINTGNANT. IT WAS POINTGNANT. HONESTLY, RETIRING ISN’T WHAT HONESTLY, RETIRING ISN’T WHAT UPSETS ME. UPSETS ME. RETIRING WITHOUT REACHING MY RETIRING WITHOUT REACHING MY GOAL IS WHAT WILL STAY WITH ME GOAL IS WHAT WILL STAY WITH ME FOREVER. FOREVER. I WAS THINKING TO MYSELF, OH, MY I WAS THINKING TO MYSELF, OH, MY GOD, THERE WERE SO MANY GOALS. GOD, THERE WERE SO MANY GOALS. YOU’VE ALREADY DONE IT. YOU’VE ALREADY DONE IT.>>I KNOW.>>I KNOW.>>WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT?>>WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT?>>THAT’S MY NATURE.>>THAT’S MY NATURE. I SET HIGH GOALS FOR MYSELF. I SET HIGH GOALS FOR MYSELF. ODDLYMANAGED TO REACH ODDLYMANAGED TO REACH THEM. THEM. I NEVER EXPECTED TO, BUT I I NEVER EXPECTED TO, BUT I ALWAYS HOPED TO. ALWAYS HOPED TO. THIS WAS THE ONE RECORD THAT, THIS WAS THE ONE RECORD THAT, YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN FOCUSING YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS NOW. ON FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS NOW. I JUST KEPT GETTING INJURED TOO I JUST KEPT GETTING INJURED TOO MANY TIMES. MANY TIMES. YOU KNOW, IT WASN’T MY WILL OR YOU KNOW, IT WASN’T MY WILL OR DETERMINATION THAT ALLOWED ME TO DETERMINATION THAT ALLOWED ME TO NOT WIN, IT WAS MY BODY. NOT WIN, IT WAS MY BODY. I CAN’T CHANGE THAT. I CAN’T CHANGE THAT. IT STILL IS SOMETHING I THINK IT STILL IS SOMETHING I THINK I’LL ALWAYS BE DISAPPOINTED I’LL ALWAYS BE DISAPPOINTED WITH. WITH.>>WELL, IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE I>>WELL, IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT’S NEXT CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU. FOR YOU. I WAS THINKING, IF YOU PUT THAT I WAS THINKING, IF YOU PUT THAT GRIT AND DETERMINATION INTO GRIT AND DETERMINATION INTO SKIING, WHAT’S NEXT? SKIING, WHAT’S NEXT? I SAW YOU WENT TO HARVARD I SAW YOU WENT TO HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL FOR FOUR DAYS, BUSINESS SCHOOL FOR FOUR DAYS, YOU’RE DOING THIS. YOU’RE DOING THIS. WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING PROFESSIONALLY DOWN THE ROAD? PROFESSIONALLY DOWN THE ROAD? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?>>A LOT OF THINGS.>>A LOT OF THINGS. I’M THANKFUL I HAVE A LOT TO I’M THANKFUL I HAVE A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO, AND I’LL WORK LOOK FORWARD TO, AND I’LL WORK HARD AT EVERYTHING. HARD AT EVERYTHING. I’M LUCKY I HAVE GREAT SPONSORS. I’M LUCKY I HAVE GREAT SPONSORS. CHASE INC. IS GOING TO HELP ME CHASE INC. IS GOING TO HELP ME START MY OWN BUSINESS. START MY OWN BUSINESS.>>WHAT BUSINESS?>>WHAT BUSINESS?>>A BUTTETY BEAUTY BUSINESS.>>A BUTTETY BEAUTY BUSINESS.>>THAT’S EXCITING.>>THAT’S EXCITING.>>YEAH.>>YEAH. DWAYNE JOHNSON HAS BEEN A REALLY DWAYNE JOHNSON HAS BEEN A REALLY GOOD MENTOR TO ME. GOOD MENTOR TO ME. WE HAVE SOME PROJECTS COMING UP. WE HAVE SOME PROJECTS COMING UP. I HAVE A JOB AS AN EXECUTIVE I HAVE A JOB AS AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF AN UPCOMING FILM. PRODUCER OF AN UPCOMING FILM. THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS IN THE THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS IN THE WORKS. WORKS.>>A LOT GOING ON.>>A LOT GOING ON.>>STILL THE DAY-TO-DAY LIFE IS>>STILL THE DAY-TO-DAY LIFE IS WEIRD, YOU NOY.KNOW. WEIRD, YOU NOY.KNOW. I STILL DON’T HAVE A REGIMENED I STILL DON’T HAVE A REGIMENED PROGRAM. PROGRAM.>>YOUR ROUTINE.>>YOUR ROUTINE.>>I’M TRYING TO MAP THINGS OUT.>>I’M TRYING TO MAP THINGS OUT. I’M A PLANNER, SO I HAVE TO GET I’M A PLANNER, SO I HAVE TO GET MY PLAN IN ORDER. MY PLAN IN ORDER.>>WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE>>WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE OLYMPICS, MAYBE COMMENTATING. OLYMPICS, MAYBE COMMENTATING. WHO KNOWS? WHO KNOWS? CAN WE JUST SAY THANK YOU. CAN WE JUST SAY THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, HODA.>>THANK YOU, HODA.>>YOU GAVE US TO MANY –>>YOU GAVE US TO MANY –>>YOU ALL HAVE BEEN SO NICE TO>>YOU ALL HAVE BEEN SO NICE TO ME OVER THE YEARS. ME OVER THE YEARS. I FEEL YOU’RE MY FAMILY. I FEEL YOU’RE MY FAMILY. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.>>I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU A HUG>>I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU A HUG RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW. I’M GOING TO DO IT RIGHT NOW. I’M GOING TO DO IT RIGHT NOW.>>DON’T MAKE ME CRY.>>DON’T MAKE ME CRY.>>I LOVE YOU, SWEETIE.>>I LOVE YOU, SWEETIE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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  1. Teddy Jam

    I thought racism was over? Not! Just read all of the comments from the white supremacists. You see how they act as though race doesn't matter until it fits their narrative.

  2. Hugh Snyder

    I don’t think enough people really appreciate what she has accomplished. She’s had an amazing successful career at a very difficult sport and maintained an elite status in it to the very end.
    Thank you Lindsey and continued success in your new ventures 😊

  3. Rose Ava

    As you can see she's the typical american drama queen only making the sport more "attractive" = more dangerous (alpine speed disciplines could be pretty deadly when the skiers are not in control)

  4. Jack Weger

    You will be missed next season.  Your love for your sport will not be matched.  Thanks, Lindsey for making not only me smiling/crying for your many accomplishments.

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