Lindsey Vonn has traded in one winter sport for another.
Well, sort of.
Vonn — who wrapped up an incredible skiing career earlier this year at the World Championships in Sweden — has been helping her boyfriend, New Jersey Devils star P.K. Subban, train this summer on the ice. She has served as his “extra set of hands on the ice,” according to a report from USA Today, helping him by recording workouts, holding bungee cords while he skates and more.
“I know what it's like to be an athlete, obviously. I want to support him in any way that I can,” Vonn said, via USA Today. “I really love watching him be so dedicated, it makes me feel good.”
Before she found her calling on the mountain, Vonn actually attempted to be a skater herself.
It didn’t take long, though, for her to realize that figure skating wasn’t her thing.
“I was awful,” Vonn said, via USA Today. “So my parents pulled me out of it.”
Vonn has played hockey before, and used to play and run drills while training with the United States Olympics team. Though Subban — who was traded to the Devils this summer after spending the previous three in Nashville — has plenty of help training, Vonn’s assistance in the rink certainly doesn’t hurt.
She does have three Olympic medals, four World Cup titles and 82 World Cup wins under her belt, after all.
“I enjoy being in that athletic environment,” Vonn said, via USA Today. “Even though I'm not competing anymore, I still like being around people who are so focused and determined, and PK has been working so hard.”
A life after skiing
The 34-year-old has been quite busy in her life after skiing. She has launched a beauty line, is writing a memoir and is working with her foundation, which helps “create a comfortable environment” for girls to grow as “athletes, as learners and as individuals.”
While it’s not what she’s used to, Vonn said she’s excited for the next step in her life.
“I need to continue to have goals and, you know, overcome obstacles and challenge myself,” Vonn said, via USA Today. “I need to find what I'm passionate about now in this next chapter and continue to set goals like I do in ski racing. And I think, in time, I'll get used to it.”
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