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Vonn’s role with Olympics starts with a whimper on “Today”
January 28, 2014 09:36 AM
She appeared via satellite on her couch in a knee brace and bandages while petting her dog, Leo, on her lap. Truthfully, I can’t even imagine how difficult it is for Vonn to deal with the bitter disappointment of not being able to ski in Sochi, and it was clearly evident that pain remains during this morning’s interview.
Showing little emotion or enthusiasm, she flatly responded that she was “recovering well” from her recent surgery. She was honest while admitting, “It’s going to be really, really hard to watch the alpine events.” She said, “It’s already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi every two minutes, and it’s killing me.”
Lauer tried to lighten the mood by adding a humorous, “You’re welcome.” But Vonn didn’t take the bait. When he transitioned to promoting her role during the Games, instead of saying what she was looking forward to, she instead flipped it, “I’m NOT looking forward to waking up this early. That’s not going to be fun.”
Again, Lauer tried to make light by saying, “You’re welcome.” She finally concluded saying, “I’m looking forward to this new challenge.” Maybe it was the early wake-up call, or still struggling with the immense disappointment of not going to Sochi, but Vonn didn’t bring her “A” game for this one. Following Twitter after, I thought this person, Diane Kaufman, summed it up well: