One of the most famous Olympians of the winter games is the famed skier named Lindsey Vonn. She has become a familiar face around the games, having competed and medaled in many events.
This year in South Korea, there has been a lot of talk surrounding Vonna and the potential for this to be her last Olympics. She recently earned a bronze medal for her skiing performance. However, it was what she left behind in Korea that is making headlines.
According to Vonn, her late grandfather was a very special man in her life and played a major role in her heart. She announced that she scattered some of his ashes near the downhill ski area.
"I know that it would mean a lot to him to be back here, a part of him is in South Korea always," said Vonn, who shared her story with The Associated Press and the Chosun Ilbo newspaper.
She told local reporters that she decided to scatter some of his ashes on a rock near the hill because she had been told it was an extremely special rock when she visited the country last year. Her grandfather passed away this past November.
"I miss him so much," she said. "He's been such a big part of my life. And I really had hoped that he would be alive to see me (at this year's Olympics). But I know he's watching, and I know that he's going to help me and I'm going to win for him."
Vonn opened up further by stating that she knew her grandfather was extremely proud of her and all that she has accomplished. She even said she tried her best to win a medal for him.
"To be able to race for him in these Olympics was very special for me. And I tried everything I could to win for him," Vonn said. "I got a bronze, which, you know, to me was very special. And I think he would be proud of that."
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