Lindsey Vonn 'very motivated' to ski at 2018 Olympic Games

Lindsey Vonn won't ski in Sochi but has sights on 2018. (USATSI)
Lindsey Vonn won't ski in Sochi but has sights on 2018. (USATSI)

One of the most well-known active American Olympians is hoping to compete again in 2018.

Skier Lindsey Vonn, who is unable to compete in the 2014 Games due to a recent ACL injury, said Tuesday morning she has plans to compete at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“After making the decision not to compete in Sochi, I have actually committed myself to racing through to the next Olympics,” Vonn said on "Today" Tuesday morning, adding, “I’m very motivated. I have a lot that I want to accomplish still. I want to take my time. I felt a little bit rushed last time trying to be back and ready for Sochi.”

Vonn -- who has endured two knee injuries in less than a year -- also said she hopes to begin skiing comptetitively in October, when the World Cup for skiing begins. She underwent surgery on her right ACL nearly two weeks ago.

The 29-year-old Vonn currently owns 59 wins in World Cup competition; that's the second-highest total in the event's history for women. Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell holds the record with 62. Vonn's made no secret of her desire to eventually usurp that record. A medal at the 2018 Games would earn Vonn the title of oldest woman to ever win an Alpine ski medal.

(H/T, NBC Olympics)

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