Lindsey Vonn made a splash on the red carpet of the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday with a stunning black gown, and the photos quickly went viral on social media.
Despite all of her successes as an athlete, Vonn found the idea of attending the Oscars quite challenging. The concept was even scary to some extent.
The gifted Olympian told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly during their live pre-show: “I am out of my comfort zone. The Oscars are such a big deal. I am trying to soak it all in and not mess it up.”
She added: “Going fast is easy. Here, anything could happen.”
It was nice to see Vonn in a different setting, especially after her disappointing showing during the Olympics in February.
The American ski racer finished third in the latest Olympic Games and was quite disappointed as this was probably her last big competition.
The emotional athlete broke down in tears after taking the bronze and became the oldest female medalist in the discipline of Alpine skiing of the Winter Olympic Games.
Despite not grabbing the first place, the 33-year-old put on a good fight, especially for her age, as her time was only 0.47 seconds slower than the leader from Italy, Sofia Goggia.
Unfortunately, Vonn’s bronze medal was greeted by numerous attacks over the Internet. The reason for this was Vonn’s statement that she was not trying to represent President Donald Trump as an individual in the Olympic Games, but her country as a whole.
As a result, the skier had to face hatred and abuse back home and especially on social media. Although Vonn was clearly disappointed with her third position, so far she has not allowed online bullies to take her down emotionally.
When asked about the abuse she had to suffer, she agreed that the attacks were cruel indeed, but said a person should always remember what their identity is, and there is no point in humiliation on social media.
Vonn also insisted on her opinion that sports have to unite people despite their differences, not separate them.
After her run was over Vonn also admitted that the winner Goggia was definitely the better skier that day. In return, Goggia also expressed her admiration for the American athlete who is said to be one of the best skiers in the history of the sport.
So, what is next for Vonn?
She shared with the media: “I am going to go back to L.A. and be home with my sister for a little bit and enjoy some downtime, and then I have one more race at World Cup finals in Sweden. I will have about two weeks off, so it will be nice.”
Supporters say that Vonn has a bright future ahead of her no matter what she decides to pursue.