The 29-year-old athlete talked to Today's Matt Lauer on Tuesday, Jan. 28, admitting that while it's going to be "so hard" to watch her former teammates compete in February, she's "gonna be skiing next year, and the year after that, and the year after that."
"After making the decision not to compete in Sochi, I have actually committed myself to racing through to the next Olympics [the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea]," she said. "I'm very motivated. I have a lot that I want to accomplish still. I'm going to take my time. I felt a little bit rushed last time, trying to be back and ready for Sochi. I'm not going to probably ski until October."
She's also hoping to hoping to compete in February 2015 at the World Championship in Vail, Colo. And in the meantime? Her rescue dog Leo is keeping her company as she recovers from her second surgery earlier this month, and she's going to be working as an Olympic correspondent for Today and NBC Sports.
"I'll tell you what I'm not looking forward to is waking up this early,'' she joked. "I've never done something like this before, and I'm looking forward to this new challenge."
E! News will begin broadcasting from Sochi beginning on Feb. 7!
(Today and E! are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)