Bronze for Lindsey Vonn in American ski star's final Olympic downhill
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 22:14
Lindsey Vonn fought to a third-place finish in the ladies' downhill at the Winter Olympics as Italian Sofia Goggia claimed gold on Wednesday. I'm really happy for her. She told NBC before the race that this was a "disadvantage".
"It was tough to contemplate this being my last Olympic downhill", she said.
The 31-year-old finished fourth in Sochi four years ago after crashing in the final and he hopes fellow countryman Drury can do something similar in Beijing in 2022.
- The United States has won its first Olympic gold medal in women's cross-country skiing, and Norwegian skier Marit Bjoergen has become the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time by taking bronze at the Pyeongchang Games. I think I'll realize when I'm on the podium.
But there was a farewell tone in Vonn's voice as well.
This was Goggia's first gold at an Olympics or a world championships.
After remaining absent from Winter Olympics for so long, American World Cup alpine ski racer, Lindsey Vonn who is the most American World Cup alpine ski racer failed to earn any medal in her first Olympic event in eight years on Saturday morning (stateside: Friday evening).
So far, Vonn's performance at the Games has been as notable for what's happened off the slopes as on the slopes. "I remember when she won in Vancouver and I said, 'I wish one day I can be there, racing at the top.'" She paused.
Vonn was considered the favorite to win Wednesday.
Vonn hit out a bullies who targeted her after she made comments which were critical of President Trump and insisted she wouldn't change her views. She wanted to savor the moment. She now has 81 wins, five behind Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark. The payoff was the fastest time in each of the three final timed intervals. "But you can't get too sentimental right now, because I still have to race". I have 20. She has 81 victories.
After the finishing line, Vonn looked skywards and blew kisses, a tribute to her grandfather who passed away a year ago. Kildow died in November. "Of course I would have liked a gold medal, but honestly this is incredible and I'm so proud".
Though not naturally introspective, Vonn seemed eager to use the occasion to reflect on her career. "My family's here. They love me". "But the injuries have taken their toll". But at this point, it takes a lot to make my knee good enough to ski downhill, it has to be pretty solid to push yourself at these speeds and be able to trust it. Afterwards, though, I thought that because she is not so much at the World Cup because she also does snowboard, we didn't know how strong she is.