It’s been a busy week in New York for Lindsey Vonn who made an appearance on Good Morning America (video below) with Gisele Bundchen to introduce the new Under Armour “I Will What I Want” campaign before showing up courtside at the U.S. Open to support friend Roger Federer in his quarterfinal match against Gael Monfils.
Tennis legend Pam Shriver caught a short interview with Vonn during the second set as Federer was down against Monfils, but he would eventually rally in sets three, four, and five to take the win and advance to the semis.
“(I think my sport) is more dangerous, resulting in—as I have learned—ACL surgery,” said Vonn. “It would be nice to have the stakes just cost you 15 – Love.”
Vonn is both a friend and fan of Federer, and earlier this summer she played tennis against him in a promotional event for the Lindt chocolate company.
“I had quite a few (unforced errors playing Roger). We were playing at 13,000 feet in the Swiss Alps, so it was a little bit tough but it was really fun. Rog is an amazing guy and it wasn’t really about the tennis because we all know I’m not very good,” Vonn admitted.
Amid volleys and drop shots in the background, Vonn revealed that her recovery from a second ACL surgery last winter is on track and she will return to skiing next month, still eyeing a return to full form in time for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek.
“I start skiing October 1st and February will be the World Championships in my hometown of Vail, so it’s going to be pretty exciting,” she said.
While Vonn has publicly committed to racing through the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, she acknowledged that alpine skiing is a particular sport that takes its toll on athletes’ bodies.
“I’m getting older, you know I’m almost 30, so another four years (to the next Olympic Games) is a little bit challenging in my sport. But at the same time I feel good and I’m motivated, so that’s the most important thing.