U.S. alpine skier Lindsey Vonn is 'excited' to see courses for PyeongChang Olympics

David Park, Feb. 28, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

INCHEON, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- Former Olympic alpine skiing champion Lindsey Vonn said Tuesday she is excited to see the courses for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games.

Vonn landed in South Korea to compete at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski World Cup scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, some 214km east of Seoul. The FIS competition, which doubles as a test event for the PyeongChang Olympics, will feature the downhill and super giant slalom (super-G) alpine skiing speed events.

"I'm happy to be back," Vonn said at Incheon International Airport. "I'm excited to see the hill in the winter instead of the summer."

   This is Vonn's first visit to South Korea since 2015, when she was named an honorary ambassador to the PyeongChang Olympics. The 32-year-old American, however, didn't see alpine skiing courses with snow back then.

Vonn, who won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, said she just wanted to get a "feel" for the track at the upcoming World Cup.

"I really want to get a feel for a track and that's my main focus," she said. "I just want to get used to the hill, the snow and make it feel like home."

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