Documentation mix-up delays Vonn's departure for Winter Olympics
Lindsey Vonn was left questioning whether she would even make it to the Winter Olympics after confusion over documentation left her flight grounded on Wednesday.
Hoping to reach South Korea in time for Friday's opening ceremony, the 2010 downhill skiing gold medallist boarded a Lufthansa flight as she set out on her journey for Pyeongchang.
However, Vonn and her fellow passengers - including her dog Lucy - were forced to disembark the plane, explaining: "Apparently we don't have the right documentation to fly".
The American kept her Twitter followers informed as the drama unfolded, even holding a poll on the length of time it would take her to reach Seoul.
Well hopefully we get to Korea....apparently we don't have the right documents to fly??? About 2 hours on the plane so far and just siting at the gate. Some Germans and Italians on the plane too. ;@lufthansa#canweflynowplease-- lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 7, 2018
Well we are now off the plane... they are trying to find a new plane and hope to take off in an hour... how many hours, door to door, will it take me to get to Seoul?-- lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 7, 2018
A grateful Vonn was eventually allowed to board a new aircraft after six hours of waiting and should still reach South Korea in plenty of time to make that opening ceremony!
Finally on a new plane! Have to give a BIG thank you to all of the flight attendants for working overtime to stay on this flight. They all volunteered and we wouldn't be able to fly without them! Now let's hope we actually take off tonight-- lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 7, 2018
After over 6 hours of hanging out at the gate, we're off!! See you in another 10 hours Korea!-- lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 7, 2018