On this weekend’s episode of In Depth with Graham Bensinger Lindsey Vonn discusses the loneliness she felt after leaving racing, and the reason she had to move from her long-time home of Vail, Colo. She also discusses her relationship with Mikaela Shiffrin and the state of U.S. skiing, among other topics.
On Mikaela Shiffrin
Vonn: You know, I repeatedly, you know, tried to, you know, we, we always help each other with our course reports and I think I just, uh, I don’t, we didn’t have a challenging relationship. She just, she had her own thing and she didn’t really wanna be involved or have my help or have anyone’s help for that matter…
I mean everyone has their own approach and hers is different from anyone else’s, and that’s why maybe she’s successful. Um, but I also think as a professional athlete and, you know, someone who’s the greatest of all time, it’s your responsibility to help others. Like you’re in a role that you could positively impact so many people and I don’t feel like that’s being utilized in the way that it could be.
On being in an interracial relationship
Vonn: I think there are conversations involved with race that are very difficult. Um, there’s not always a clear answer or a clear path to understanding…I’ll never be able to walk in PK’s shoes. And so, um, I try to learn as much as I can from him and from others and educate myself as much as possible
Vonn: It adds another layer of complication… I think the main thing is educating each other and, um, you know, really being willing to understand and open your mind up and I’ve gotten a lot of hate and I get myself a lot of trolls that really like to take pretty big digs at me.
On family sacrifice
On her foundation
Additional segments of the interview are available here.