It’s been a frustrating few months for Lindsey Vonn, who has been forced to watch the Sochi Olympics from afar instead of competing with Team USA.
Vonn, 29, was supposed to be one of the biggest stars at the Games, but withdrew after re-injuring her right knee in December – the same one that she tore in early 2012. She had successful surgery on the knee just last month.
But the Olympic gold-medalist and world-champion skier has been staying active, spending her days rehabbing and serving as an Olympic correspondent for “Today” and NBC Sports throughout the Games.
“I’m just focused on the next goal, you know” Vonn told “Today.” “I’m trying not to think about the fact that I’m not there. I’m just focused on the fact that I will be.”
Vonn said Thursday morning that she works out four hours a day, six days a week in her latest comeback attempt.
“Trying to stay positive is not always the easiest thing in the world,” she said of the rehab process (via “Today”). “It’s very monotonous work.”
Vonn credits her boyfriend, Tiger Woods, for being a helpful presence.
“He’s taught me to stay calm, to stay patient. Focus one step at a time,” she told “Today.”
Vonn intends to be back by this time next year, posting on Facebook earlier this month that her goal is to compete at the Vail Beaver Creek world championships in February 2015.