The alpine champion has lost an important man in her life, but will never stop thinking about him.

Hard times for Lindsey Vonn: a few days after the revelation of her break with Kenan Smith , NFL coach who was his companion for a year, the Olympic champion (2010) and double world champion (2009) in alpine skiing had the pain of losing her grandfather, whose death she announced on social media on the occasion of a moving tribute.

” Dear Grandpa, I still do not believe you left, did she writes Friday, November 10, 2017 on the Instagram caption in a series of family photos with the included his late grandfather. There are no words to describe how much you count for me and how much I love you, I would have liked to have more time with you, but I will cherish forever the memories we have made. to be resilient, to be kind and, more than anything, to ski fast now, every time I hit the mountain on ski, I’ll know you’re with me, I’m proud to be your granddaughter and I will always think of you. ”

The young woman ends her tribute by dedicating her upcoming participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, from February 9 to 25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to her grandfather: ” I will compete for you in Korea and I will try out all my strength to win for you, please look at me there, I love you, Grandpa, “she concluded.

Recently, the 33-year-old champion told People magazine to be “five times more motivated and determined” than at the Vancouver Olympics. No doubt that the loss of his grandfather will have further multiplied this energy …