Lindsey Vonn skied her final race at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, on Feb. 10

By Helen Murphy
February 22, 2019 10:01 AM
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Lindsey Vonn is opening up about her impressive career for the first time since her recent retirement — and hinting that kids might be in her future.

Vonn, 34, stopped by the Today show on Thursday morning, where she talked with host Hoda Kotb about leaving behind her successful skiing career.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years and to wake up and suddenly not have that is really weird,” the athlete said. “I have not adapted at all. I’m kind of losing my mind already and it’s only been a week.”

“It’s hard,” Vonn added. “It’s been my whole life since I was 2½ and I hope that I’ve done something in my career that’s more meaningful than 82 wins. I hope that the mountains remember me. I definitely know that the fences will.”

“It’s been an amazing ride and I couldn’t be more thankful,” Vonn continued. “I truly have loved ski racing my entire life and I’ve been lucky enough to do it for so long and unfortunately my body gave out, but my passion for skiing will always remain.”

“I can’t wait to go skiing with my kids one day,” she added, prompting Kotb to ask if kids with boyfriend P.K. Subban are in Vonn’s near future.

“We have to plan it out, but I mean I’m 34, so we’re thinking about it,” Vonn hinted.

“He celebrates my career as much as I do and he’s such a great athlete himself that it means so much coming from him,” Vonn added of Subban, a professional hockey player.

After announcing her retirement earlier this month, Vonn won the bronze in the women’s downhill at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, on Feb. 10, marking her last race.

When she returned home, Subban, 29, had covered the kitchen in decorations to celebrate her retirement, including balloons, a table spread, a giant bouquet of flowers and a special goat-shaped cake, symbolic of the term “GOAT,” which stands for “greatest of all time” and is often used to describe champion athletes.

P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vonn
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Vonn had previously stated that she wouldn’t retire until she broke the record of the most World Cup wins, currently held by Ingemar Stenmark with 86. Vonn has won 82 World Cup races, and has three Olympic medals — one gold, and two bronze.

Speaking to PEOPLE last fall, Vonn said she is proud of her impressive career — with or without breaking the record.

“I have been saying the past few years that I’ll keep skiing until I break the record, but I’ve come to the realization that my career is not the sum of this record,” Vonn told PEOPLE.

Vonn and Subban have been dating since April 2018. The pair first stepped out together in early June at the 2018 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, where they packed on the PDA while posing for photos ahead of the show.

A source told PEOPLE exclusively of the pair at the time, “They’re in that beginning stage of a relationship where you can’t get enough of each other.”

In July, Vonn told reporters that the couple was “enjoying every moment” of their relationship with no plans for immediate marriage, but noted of her supportive beau, “He’s very energetic. He’s always positive, always smiling… He makes me better.”