Champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn didn’t let a badly bruised shin stop her from snagging gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, or from being named PopWatch’s Olympic Stud of the Day — but unfortunately, an uncooperative knee will keep her from competing in Sochi this February.
The silver lining: NBC announced yesterday that Vonn is officially joining the network as an Olympic correspondent. Though the gold medalist and Wheaties cover girl isn’t traveling to Russia, she’ll still report daily for Today, “shar[ing] her unique perspective on the events and the competition from an Olympian’s point of view.”
Of course, this new role is going to take some getting used to. “It’s going to be so hard,” Vonn told Matt Lauer Tuesday morning in her first interview since officially pulling out of the Olympics. “It’s already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi about every two minutes, and it’s killing me. I’m trying not to watch as much as much as I can. It’s going to be really, really hard to watch the alpine events. I always love watching the other athletes compete like in figure skating, luge and all that stuff, but it’s going to be really hard to watch the alpine events.”
That said, Vonn added, she looks forward to “this new challenge” — and still has plans to get back in the saddle, so to speak, before the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “I’m very motivated,” she said. I have a lot that I have to accomplish still. I’m going to take my time. I felt a little bit rushed last time with trying to be back and ready for Sochi. I’m going to be racing next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.” Maybe she’ll have time to squeeze in a Law & Order: SVU guest appearance at some point as well?