Lindsey Vonn on Wednesday said her knee was "stable" after a training run and will decide Thursday whether she will make her official World Cup return this weekend in Lake Louise. Story »AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward
PARK CITY, Utah -- So is the German Olympic team making a political statement with this rainbow-hued uniform? Or is it simply trying to top the old Houston Astros' rainbow jerseys for the worst look in the history of sports?
I suspect the latter.
Few Olympic federations are willing to go out on a limb to make a strong political statement. They are, however, quite willing to make bad fashion statements.
Plus, I would imagine whatever fashion company responsible for this mess was drawing up the designs months before Russian president Vladimir Putin signed the new anti-gay law. I mean, you don't come up with something that ugly overnight. It takes months and months of carefully planning. I know! How about we add orange-patterned pants in a salute to Marcia Brady?!?!
Many people probably are eager to see what political reaction the uniforms get when the German team marches into Olympic stadium during the opening ceremonies in Sochi. Personally, I am more eager to see what Joan Rivers has to say about them on "Fashion Police."
PARK CITY, Utah -- There were a couple bits of interest that came out of Lindsey Vonn's teleconference at the Olympic media summit Wednesday.
The most important is that Vonn says her right knee feels great and she could be healthy enough to race when the World Cup season opens at the end of October in Solden, Sweden. If not then, she definitely plans to compete at the World Cup race in Beaver Creek, Colo., at the end of November.
Her other interesting response was when she said she was speaking from Ohio. Ohio? What mountains are in Ohio? Oh, wait. That's right. Tiger Woods is competing in the Presidents Cup there this week. Vonn did not mention Tiger by name, but did say "my boyfriend" had provided a lot of support during her rehabilitation after knee surgery.
There are no reporters from the National Enquirer at the media summit, so there were no questions about Vonn's relationship with Tiger. Instead, the focus was on her return from February's devastating knee injury. Vonn crashed in a race and tore her right ACL and MCL, and she also fractured a bone in her lower right leg.
"My knee is great," Vonn said. "It has no pain, no swelling. ... I'm definitely quite a bit further along than I anticipated, or anyone else anticipated. The surgery was very successful."
Vonn said the key remaining issue in her recovery is getting prepared to push her knee to the limit in a race.
"I don't have any trust issues. I trust my knee is 100 percent. It's just that I haven't pushed my knee to 100 percent yet; I haven't tried it in a race," Vonn said. "That's as much mental as anything else. I have to be in that racing mindset. But it's not that I'm doubtful or don't trust my knee or body. ... There are other athletes who don't trust their knee [after injury], but that's definitely not me."
Vonn said she did not completely rule out competing in slalom sometime this season, but added it is unlikely due to the stress on her knee.
"I'm definitely more excited to be back on skis than I normally am," Vonn said. "I haven't raced since February when I crashed, so the excitement has increased since being injured. But I am someone who thrives on chaos. I need a lot going on. I need to be skiing and training."
That is certainly true. There is always drama around Vonn, even before she and Tiger started dating. She had to be airlifted off a mountain following a training-run crash at the 2006 Olympics in Torino. She resorted to placing layers of a rare cheese on a severely bruised shin to help it heal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. She fought off severe flu early last season and then shredded her knee in February.
Yet there isn't much that stops her for long. So what if she completely shredded her knee just eight months ago? She is looking to make Sochi her fourth Olympics, and ahead of schedule.
"I'm going in as the defending champ in the downhill," Vonn said. "I'm coming back from knee surgery and I still have a lot of expectations, both that I put on myself and what everyone else puts on me."
PARK CITY, Utah -- There are many sights, sounds and stories at the Olympic media summit.
One of our favorites from Tuesday was freeskier Devin Logan's explanation of a tattoo she has on her right arm.
Logan, who competes on both the slope and pipe circuits, said the tattoo came to be while she we rehabbing a serious knee injury last year. Logan suffered the injury just days after winning the FIS freestyle ski halfpipe World Cup event in New Zealand in 2012, forcing her to have surgery and ending her 2012-13 season.
Now, she's back and eyeing a trip to the Sochi Olympics.
But, back to the tattoo ...
"Each flake represents a member of my family," Logan said Tuesday. "'Don't fear the journey' just means to not fear what life brings you. You don't know what will happen next, from day to day."
Will she add more body art soon?
"I've thought about it, but don't know if my mom would like it too much," Logan joked.
Maybe Mom wouldn't mind an Olympic medal tattoo?