Gold-hungry Vonn likes the look of Pyeongchang run

Wed May 6, 2015 12:29am EDT
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By Sohee Kim

SEOUL (Reuters) - Alpine skiier Lindsey Vonn thinks the downhill run for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics might suit her style as she targets the return of the blue riband title she won in Vancouver five years ago.

The 30-year-old American brushed aside questions about this week's split with golfer Tiger Woods when she was presented as an ambassador of South Korea's first Winter Olympics and instead focused on her on-piste ambitions.

"My goals for the next Olympics are to try to win gold medals," she told a news conference in the South Korean capital on Thursday.

"In the last Olympics I competed in Vancouver and won the downhill. I hope to improve upon those results or, if not, to match them.

"The site looks very challenging, looks like the downhill will be very stiff with a lot of jumps, which I really like.

"So I am looking forward to see it with snow on and actually be able to run the course, but so far it looks very good."

Vonn, also a former Super-G world champion, was robbed of her chance to defend her Olympic downhill title at the 2014 Sochi Games when she was forced to have two operations on her right knee.

She stormed back last season, however, to confirm her status as one of the greatest alpine skiiers of all time.   Continued...

U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn reacts as she is asked about her relationship with golfer Tiger Woods during a news conference in Seoul, May 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter