With 100 days to go till the 2022 Winter Olympics get underway in Beijing, Vonn mentioned her psychological well being expertise whereas competing at main occasions.
“You go from being surrounded by individuals on the rostrum and doing media, then you definately return to the lodge room — empty and lonely.
“Psychological well being performs a very huge function in your success — having the ability to overcome these feelings and the melancholy and be capable of nonetheless get again the subsequent day and be on the prime of your sport.
“I did not actually discuss my psychological well being stuff till a lot later in my profession, and at the moment, nobody was actually speaking about it in addition to perhaps Michael Phelps or Kevin Love, so now I am actually blissful that everybody’s actually speaking about psychological well being.
“The extra empathy we are able to have for one another in these moments, the higher.”
“It was exhausting,” she admitted. “I really like working exhausting — bodily, mentally — and most of these issues all went away after I retired.
“That was positively a transition to have the ability to determine ‘OK, what am I doing now? Who am I?’ and so it simply took me a bit, I would say in all probability a yr, to actually really feel like I had my toes on the bottom and I used to be in a cheerful, steady place.”
A part of Vonn’s post-retirement life is now devoted to enterprise, together with a collaboration with HEAD Sportswear on a clothes line.
“Now, I really feel wonderful, extremely blissful. I am working actually exhausting, spending extra time at house with my canine and my family and friends — it has been very rewarding on many ranges.”
From slopes to sideline
Vonn received a gold and two bronzes throughout 4 Winter Olympics between 2002 and 2018, agonizingly lacking out on Sochi in 2014 because of a knee damage — a recurring damage that plagued her all through her profession.
Her crowning second got here on the 2010 Video games in Vancouver, as Vonn pipped compatriot Julia Mancuso to change into the primary American girl to win Olympic gold within the downhill occasion.
Having loved the liberty of fandom in the course of the Summer time Video games in Tokyo, Vonn weighed up the unusual expertise of watching from the sidelines for the primary Winter Olympics since retirement.
“Watching the Summer time Video games was actually enjoyable,” Vonn stated.
“Clearly, I do not compete in the summertime, so it was good to only be capable of be impressed as a spectator once more.
“However the Winter Video games are positively a brand new problem — to be on the sidelines — however I am excited to look at my teammates and all of the Workforce USA athletes … hopefully carry house many medals.”