Lindsey Vonn's father after her bronze medal: 'She needed to risk more'
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 22:40
Lindsey Vonn made history today. The combined - a run of downhill and one run of slalom - may be a stretch because she's had very little slalom training in recent years, but she will be a strong favorite in the downhill, her best event.
Anna Veith and Tina Weirather, who won silver and bronze in the super-G, decided not to take advantage of the final training run to rest up for Wednesday's race.
Two-time American champion Nathan Chen was hoping to win gold, but the pressure and expectations got to him in the short program. And it was also bittersweet for Lindsey. Her downhill bronze Wednesday is the third Olympic medal of her career in four Winter Games.
Vonn - who is widely regarded as one of the greatest female downhill skiers of her generation - missed out on securing her second Olympic gold during the downhill, losing out to Italian Sofia Goggia. So, when she takes the slopes tomorrow local time, I will be cheering hard for her.
The last four women's Olympic combineds have been won by just two athletes - Croatia's Janica Kostelic in 2002 and 2006, and Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch in 2010 and 2014.
"You get to that age, so long as you can compete at a high level, keep going, " Kildow said. Usually I'm pretty chaotic (but) I focused on all the tiny things I had to perform to do my downhill. The responses - often profane or threatening - had nothing to do with her skiing. "I have so much fun going fast and pushing myself to the limit on downhill skis there is nothing else I would rather do", she said.
"I wasn't alive when they won their medals (but) right now I just feel really thankful, I know how much work has been behind it", she said.
"I knew this was my day", she said.
After organizers shifted the combined Monday, Shiffrin pulled out of the downhill so she wouldn't have to compete on back-to-back days. He thought competing would hurt his chances to win another World Cup title.
She said, "I did the best I could".
Vonn talked about her grandfather, who recently passed away.
"I am really proud that my mum and my uncle were able to do that too". But I attacked. I gave it everything I had, I have no regrets.
She added: 'I'm super happy.
The abuse ratcheted up on Saturday after Vonn tied sixth in the women's Super-G.
Chalk it up to rust.
A day after becoming, at age 18, the youngest Olympic slalom champion during the 2014 Sochi Games, Shiffrin announced at a news conference: "Right now, I'm dreaming of the next Olympics (and) winning five gold medals, which sounds really insane". Still, many MAGA trolls delighted in Lindsey's misfortune.