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Lindsey Vonn Battles Depression While Plotting Skiing Comeback

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 08:14 AM

Rehabbing skier Lindsey Vonn is still battling depression, she told the German magazine Focus, saying she has her "good days and bad days" as she tries to return to the slopes and one more Olympics.

Vonn turned 30 on Saturday and has not skied since reinjuring her knee last December while training for 2014 Sochi Olympics where she was hoping to defend her 2010 Olympic downhill gold medal, according to NBC Sports.

Vonn told Focus that she takes medication for the depression daily, which can be triggered by intensive training.

The champion skier first talked about her depression in 2012 with People magazine, revealing then that she took anti-depressants to deal with training, the stress of her failed marriage to former manager and coach Thomas Vonn and the constant spotlight of being a celebrity.

"Everything about my life seemed so perfect to people," Vonn told People in 2012. "But I struggle like everyone else."

Vonn told People that by 2008 the weight of depression became so heavy that she felt "hopeless" despite finding athletic success on the slopes.

"I couldn't get out of bed anymore," said Vonn. "I felt hopeless, empty, like a zombie."

Vonn said she has improved on and off the skis since her divorce while managing her depression better.

"I feel like I just needed to get everything off my chest," Vonn told People then. "All the parts of my life are finally in sync," she says. "I accept who I am, and I'm moving forward."

Vonn talked positively about her current relationship with golfing champion Tiger Woods, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"I'm very happy with it," said Vonn. "Tiger is my inspiration."

Vonn and Woods, the former No. 1 golfer in the world, announced they were dating in the spring of 2013.

Vonn told Focus she wants to return to skiing at the Alpine World Cup circuit at Lake Louise, Alberta, in the first week of December. The ski circuit begins this weekend in Soelden, Austria, noted NBC Sports.

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