Doggone it, Lindsey Vonn is ready for the Pyeongchang Games.
 
Vonn showed up at her pre-Olympics news conference Friday with a companion: Lucy, her 2-year-old King Charles Spaniel.
 
AP Photo/J. David Ake
 
The star ski racer wasn't sure whether she should bring the brown-and-white pet with her on the long trip from the United States to South Korea.
 
But given that Lucy often travels around the globe with her during the World Cup season, Vonn decided her dog should be on paw _ er, on hand _ for what will be the 33-year-old American's final Olympics. 
 
"She's always with me," said Vonn, who won two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games, "so I figured I need her for the most important event."
 
Why does Vonn usually have her dog nearby?
 
"It's extremely lonely on the road," Vonn said. "And since I got divorced, I've had a lot of free time on my hands at night."
 
Lucy waited patiently _ and silently _ during Vonn's half-hour session with reporters.