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Lindsey Vonn ready to shun skiing for figure skating

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Lindsey Vonn says she may not be able to cope with the emotion of watching the alpine skiing events at the Sochi Olympics from home.

Vonn was forced to withdraw from the Games following a recurrence of an injury to her right knee. Instead of defending her gold medal in the downhill skiing, she'll be 5,000 miles away, working as a correspondent for NBC.

The face of American skiing says she may shun the chance to watch her event on TV, instead opting to watch the events she usually doesn't get a chance to.

When asked if she'll watch the skiing events, she told USA Today: "I think maybe watch the technical events, but I'm not sure I'll watch the downhill. It may be too emotional for me but we'll see.

"I'm kind of in the process of accepting the fact that I'm not there," she said with heartbreak in her voice. "I think it will still be difficult to watch the events I would be a contender in."

Vonn says the silver-lining to her injury is that she'll get to watch the Olympic events she has never had the chance to see and admits a particular soft spot for figure skating.

"This is going to be, in some ways, exciting to watch but disappointing because I'm not there. But it is what it is. I'll continue to cheer on my teammates.

"I really like figure skating. Gracie Gold is supposed to be really good. I've never seen her compete so I'm looking forward to that. Then there's sports like hockey, that I follow normally, that will be good to see."

Vonn has recently finished her rehab programme following the injury to her knee and admits it has been easier to deal with, mentally, than first thought.

"Mentally it's easier since I've been through it and know what to expect. I know the timeline," she said.

She says that her current boyfriend and superstar golfer Tiger Woods has been extremely helpful and has offered her advice following his experience with reconstructive knee surgery.

"He's as supportive as he ever was," she said. "It's good to have someone who understands what you've been through. He's a good support system."

"I'm hopeful we'll figure out time to see each other, just not as much as normal because he's competing right now."


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