Meet Mikaela Shiffrin - Team USA Olympic Ski Racer

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Injuries have ravaged her career over the last four seasons but she is now ready to make a statement once again.

CNN's Coy Wire asked the American how memories of her grandfather resonated with her now she was in South Korea preparing for the Games.

The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea on Thursday afternoon (Wednesday evening in the United States). While Vonn won't race until she runs the Super-G on February 17, it will be the first of seven days of competition, with three days of downhill training followed by the downhill race on February 21, then a day of training for the combined race that pairs downhill and slalom on the 23rd.

Maybe that's not all on her, maybe it's part Vonn, part her ridiculously aggressive and indefatigable publicity team, part NBC and their core competency of self-promotion/cross promotion and attention whoring.

Fortunately Vonn has some time on her side, with the opening ceremony in PyeongChang scheduled to take place on Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. ET, according to CNET. Questions about Don Kildow, and the tears they prompted were inevitable following Vonn's use of social media to pay tribute to the man who first put her on skis as a two-year-old in Wisconsin. She's usually in the hotel room whenever I'm racing.

Eight years ago in Vancouver, Vonn wore a mask. He served in the Korean War with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Innerhofer predicted few surprises come race day here "because this slope is different from last two olympics". We're talking about where he was stationed.

Olympian Lindsey Vonn Is Just Like the Rest of Us When It Comes to Flight Delays

"I want so badly to do well for him, and I miss him so much", Vonn said of her paternal grandfather, who died in November. His obituary says he passed away peacefully, with his wife and children by his side. On the other hand though, Vonn didn't have to do all the cliche publicity stunts that all other athletes do (like the overplayed prom date bit). "Those are the moments when you really have to believe in yourself and you have to trust your ability. It's extremely flattering. But it's apples and oranges", said Shiffrin, admitting less than 100 percent certainty whether she will chase medals in two events or many more.

She then said about an hour later that the airline was trying to locate a new plane, with thousands of fans voting on whether she could expect to fly that date or not.

'My grandfather taught my father how to ski. "I know what I'm capable of, and I think I know how to handle myself better than I did".

"I don't think that awe and respect has has ever changed".

"I'm very happy with my skiing right now", Vonn said.

"They always look out for me". I love you Grandpa. She detailed the whole ordeal in a series of tweets. Told that her flight delay had become an worldwide news incident, she replied, "Hahahaha". It feels good to do so much winning. "And I'm gonna win for him". It's because of him that it is in our family.

I mean, she even showed up with her dog.

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