Amy Donaldson: Lindsey Van is an athlete understanding life

Published: Sunday, Feb. 27 2011 11:11 p.m. MST

As she now prepares for the donation procedure, she appreciates even more the opportunities ski jumping has given her.

"The crowds and media are increasing at all of our events," she said. "I think it's gaining popularity all over Europe and Asia. My favorite places to jump are Norway and Japan. ...I love that feeling of flying. You can't get that feeling doing anything else."

She loves that the world is embracing women's ski jumping and hopes the IOC will add the sport to the events held in 2014. She doesn't know if she'll be jumping then because she is taking her athletic career one season at a time.

"If I am still enjoying the sport, I will continue," she said.

And while she wishes she'd have had the opportunity to represent the United States in the 2010 Games, she has gained strength from the fight for equality.

"I learned that you have to be happy with what you have," she said. "If you love what you are doing, then keep doing what you love. I have learned patience that I must wait for what I want."

And what she wants right now is to give someone else the gift of good health.

"I joined the registry to try and help someone else in dire need," she said. "It seems human to me. I would want someone to do this for me if I were in the same situation."


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