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World champion ski racer Lindsey Vonn cannot wait to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics. And, while she has the Vancouver Games firmly in her sights, the American is gunning for more glory during the regular high-speed alpine season. 

How hungry are you for Olympic gold?
It’s been a dream for me since I was a little girl. I’m really looking forward to Vancouver; preparations went well and I've worked as hard as I could.

Which discipline do you feel most prepared for?
I feel pretty strong in the speed disciplines, especially after training with the US Ski Team and ASP Red Bull in Chile and Tyrol. That makes me feel confident ahead of the Super-G competition at Lake Louise (December 4-6).

Who are your main rivals this season?
It’s too early to say, but I think it’s quite similar to last year: Maria (Riesch) in Slalom and Downhill, and, for the Combination World Cup, Anja (Pärson), but also Niki Hosp – unfortunately she tore the cruciate ligament in her right knee in Sölden, so we’ll see how fast she’ll recover. I hope for the best for her. Same for Lara Gut, who is going to be out of competitive racing until mid-January after dislocating her hip while training.

Recently you wore a beautiful golden dress at a Procter & Gamble show. Do you often get the chance to glam up?
I wish I could, but I don’t really have the time to show up in them. I do testimonial work for Procter & Gamble’s shampoo and make-up line. Fashion and style have always interested me; I see it as a different way to express myself and to push new limits.

Would you ski naked for charity?
Uuuh! To be honest with you, I’d rather do something else for charity.

What do you like most about Trenki (ASP Red Bull coach Robert Trenkwalder)?
He’s loyal and caring.

What were you like as a child?
Determined to the point of stubbornness. I definitely wanted to be the best skier around.

What was your mum’s golden rule when you were growing up?
Oh, there were a lot of rules ... “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” probably.

What do you have for breakfast?
A bowl of Cheerios and coffee.

What was the last book you read?
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson.

Which continent would you like to explore more intensively?
I have never been to Africa, so that’s a continent I’d like to check out.


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