CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy -- For all her time basking in the leader's spotlight, Lindsey Vonn also has another, more lonely side these days.
After breaking Annemarie Moser-Proell's record for most World Cup downhill victories with her 37th in skiing's marquee event Saturday, Vonn revealed that her recent purchase of a little puppy was made to combat depression.
Having split with boyfriend Tiger Woods last year and previously divorced from her husband of four years, Thomas, Vonn has found it challenging to keep her spirits up in between races as she travels across the Alps.
"It's really hard to be on the road. When I got divorced it was hard that season, but this year especially, I'm older and I'm only able to go home once this year," the 31-year-old Vonn said. "I'm pretty lonely, to be honest, and it's been nice to have my dog. That's what I needed."
She picked up the 3-month-old cavalier king spaniel in Bologna and named her Lucy.
"I feel like sometimes when I have a bad day it's hard to go home," Vonn added. "It's pretty depressing just to be alone. It's nice to have a friendly, smiling little puppy face excited for me to come home whether I win or lose."
I love Lucy! Landed on her name. Can't get enough of this little love bug. She seems to be helping me ski fast too:) pic.twitter.com/JlMOkZDExR
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) January 21, 2016