Lindsey Vonn drops puck before Wild host beau P.K. Subban’s Preds squad
Lindsey Vonn’s past and present met at the Xcel Energy Center Sunday as the Olympic champ returned to her home state to perform the ceremonial puck drop ahead of the Minnesota Wild-Nashville Predators showdown.
Vonn was born in Minnesota and spent her early youth growing up in a Twin Cities suburb where she discovered her passion and talent for skiing at Burnsville’s Buck Hill. She has been dating Predators superstar P.K. Subban since June of 2018.
While Subban was not involved in the ceremonial puck drop, Vonn was familiar with the two players who took part at center ice, as she presumably somewhat knows Predators defenseman Roman Josi. Meanwhile, the Wild’s Kevin Fiala is a former Pred who was traded to Minnesota last week.
She may have ties to @PredsNHL now, but @lindseyvonn will always be one of us. Congratulations on a remarkable career Lindsey! pic.twitter.com/V5aMslCLkM— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) March 4, 2019
Vonn later conducted an interview with NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen during an intermission.
Our @KathrynTappen caught up with @lindseyvonn in between periods to talk retirement, hockey, and what the future holds! pic.twitter.com/J6cbJSNiKV— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 4, 2019
“It’s definitely weird because I’m cheering for both teams,” Vonn said. “Obviously, my boyfriend, I want him to win. But also, my brother is a huge Wild fan and my whole family still lives in Minnesota.”
Vonn also took to social media to thank the Wild for inviting her to the game.
That was fun! Thanks @mnwild pic.twitter.com/DIwYIfQTaF— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) March 4, 2019
Finally, like every good Minnesotan, Vonn made sure to mention the weather ahead of the game, making note of the frigid temps that welcomed her home.
Happy to be home in Minnesota with my family this weekend…even though it’s SO COLD!! Looking forward to tonight @PredsNHL vs. @mnwild #backtomyroots— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) March 3, 2019
Vonn, 34, announced on Feb. 1, 2019 that she would be retiring after the 2019 World Championships. She finished her iconic career with 82 World Cup wins, eight medals (two golds) at the World Championships and three Olympic medals (two bronze, one gold).