updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 02/06/2014 AT 8:55 PM ET
Trading winter gear for a red gown, Vonn walked (gingerly) in low kitten heels, pausing to pose for pictures with fellow athlete Sasha Cohen, at the Heart Truth Red Dress Fashion Show on Thursday night.
Halfway around the world in Sochi, Russia, the 2014 Winter Olympics were beginning, with 230 athletes from the United States getting ready for Friday’s opening ceremony.
Gold medalist Vonn, 29, the most accomplished skier in U.S. history, had to sit out the Games after back-to-back knee injuries. She credits boyfriend Tiger Woods and her mother for helping her get through her Olympic heartache.