Alpine skiing: Goggia holds lead in women's downhill after top 20

The four-time world champion took a strategic approach to her training ahead of Wednesday's women's downhill race, which will probably be Vonn's best chance of Olympic gold in Pyeongchang.

Goggia put together a time of one minute, 39.22 seconds, giving her a 0.09-second advantage over the second-place Mowinckel, who almost played the spoiler. "It's not worth it for me to be training slalom because I'm not good enough at it to really make an improvement in training".

"I really need some time to understand this - I'm so happy". I believed in myself - and then what counts.

In Monday's second training run for the women's downhill, Vonn was third and Shiffrin 16th.

"I'm trying to enjoy the moment as much as I can and I am thankful to share this race with such fantastic teammates", Vonn wrote in an emotional Instagram post.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will likely be Lindsey Vonn's last run. "But I always try to remember that it's people talking behind the computer and they're going to say anything". In an even longer streak, she was the No. 1 women's skier in the downhill for eight years, from the 2007/2008 season to 2015/2016. She skied a clean run without any major bobbles but took less aggressive lines than Goggia did. I didn't take any risks.

"I just wish my body didn't hurt as bad as it does. I just tried to focus on two points of the slope and I skied really focused".

The downhill is typically one of the premier events on the Olympic slate, and this year's was shaping up to be especially memorable, pitting Vonn, one of the most decorated female ski racers ever, against Mikaela Shiffrin, the face and future of women's Alpine skiing.

She gave a shrug after crossing the line knowing that Vonn, the most decorated female skier of all time, was going to be going out two spots behind her.

Vonn won gold in the same event in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, though she missed the Sochi Games due to injury. The American was looking at a higher finish, before Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway turned in a surprise silver-medal performance as the 19th racer on the course.

Although Austria's Anna Veith, the super-G silver-medal victor, has decided not to compete in the downhill, the Austrians always have a challenger with Cornelia Huetter's win at Lake Louise, in Canada, on the World Cup circuit in December, a warning that she could be an outside threat, as could Switzerland's Michelle Gisin. "Our family never gives up, and I never gave up".

In her Olympics career, Vonn had previously won two medals - a gold in the downhill and a bronze in the Super-G.

Vonn looked skyward and blew kisses in the air, a tribute to her grandfather, who passed away a year ago.

"It's sad", Vonn added. Why she marked the occasion by posing with dozens of folks for a group photo near the finish line.

"I would like to see more action, more speed, more hard spots. It's all worth it".

Vonn wanted to win on Wednesday for her grandfather, who passed away in November.

  • Julie Sanders