Vonn is the all-time winningest Alpine skier with 81 victories. Vonn, 33, will look to become Alpine Skiing's oldest female Olympic medalist with a podium effort. After missing the Olympics with injury in 2014, Vonn's motivation is much more than a gold medal.
The star USA skier will race in the women's super-G, downhill and combined competitions in PyeongChang, South Korea, with her first event, the super-G, set to take place on Friday, Feb. 16.
In the lead-up to her debut, Vonn has spoken emotionally of Kildow, who was stationed in Korea as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War and had hoped to be in PyeongChang for her Olympics run.
Switzerland's Lara Gut, who finished fourth in the event in Sochi, tops the World Cup standings, followed by Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather and Italy's Johanna Schnarf.
Vonn won a bronze medal in the super-G in the 2010 Vancouver Games, which paired nicely with her gold in the downhill event.
"Well...after 8 years of waiting I finally get a chance to compete in the Olympics again", Vonn wrote.
On the course where the Olympic speed races are being held, she finished second twice previous year to friendly rival Sofia Goggia of Italy. The "Speed Queen" became the first USA woman to win a downhill gold medal in 2010.