Olympics: Lindsey Vonn Gets Emotional After Medaling in Final Downhill Race
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 20:36
The gold was the first Olympic medal for Goggia, who is making her Olympic debut in PyeongChang.
The 25-year-old had clearly rediscovered her natural effervescence as she bounced around the Jeongseon Alpine Center after upstaging Lindsey Vonn in the American great's final run in the blue riband event of the Olympic program.
Ledecka, 22, beat Austria's Anna Veith - the defending champion in this event - by a sliver: 0.01 seconds, in a time of 1:21.11.
"It's so rewarding. I would have liked a gold medal, but honestly this is awesome, and I'm so proud", Vonn said to NBC's Heather Cox. She knew immediately after her run that she was not going to win gold, and she was hoping her time would be good enough to get her the silver medal.
She's also a snowboarder, though, and instead of entering the Alpine downhill, she will switch to her other sport and try to qualify Thursday in the parallel giant slalom. I'm proud to have competed for my country.
Vonn is scheduled to race in the women's downhill Wednesday and the women's combined Friday.
"I still haven't quite realised yet", she said on her victory.
In her previous two training runs in Pyeongchang, Shiffrin posted the 23rd-fastest first run and the 16th-fastest second run (both fourth among Americans).
She clocked a time of one minute 39.22 seconds to clinch gold ahead of Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel who was just 0.09 secs behind while Vonn finished with a time of 1:39.69. "Sometimes I have a tendency to get too aggressive. I'm disappointed, but I'm not upset", the 33-year-old told reporters. He will be watching from the best seat in the house, hopefully looking out for me and guiding me down the mountain. "But, I mean, honestly, this is unbelievable, and I'm so proud". At first I thought 'is this a mistake?
"I really need some time to understand this - I'm so happy".
Vonn told the ring of reporters on Saturday, "I've had a roller coaster the last eight years with so many injuries, but I'm here, I'm healthy".
"I gave it my best shot".
"She has 140 podiums. Me?" I was like 'what happened, grandpa? I'm happy with my performance. I gave it everything I had.
"It just depends on my knee".
"I remember when she won in Vancouver and I said I wish one day I can be there racing at the top", she said. Unfortunately, my body is not the Terminator.
"I've tried not to think about it as being my last Olympic downhill".
Ledecka made a stunning run from back in the pack to take the super-G title on Saturday at the Pyeongchang Games, with a mistake costing Lindsey Vonn a spot on the podium.