Lindsey Vonn earns another Olympic medal

Sofia Goggia of Italy is taking home the Olympic gold in women's skiing downhill but American Lindsey Vonn gets the bronze medal in what's likely her last downhill race.

Sergey Ridzik, representing the Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, ended up with the bronze medal, despite colliding with Canada's Kevin Drury.

Vonn still has an outside chance of capping her final Games with Olympic gold when she competes in the combined on Thursday.

"I've had a roller coaster the last eight years with so many injuries, but I'm here, I'm healthy".

"I am so surprised about all of it".

Vonn's dream of becoming a double Olympic downhill champion was dashed when she crossed the line 0.47 seconds behind Goggia, who set a time of 1:39.22 when fifth out the gates. Bradie Tennell from the United States gets the competition started, but a slip and fall doesn't leave her with a score she'll be happy with. As she hit the slopes for the women's alpine skiing event on February 20, the world watched and wondered if she would win gold. "Everyone is, like, bowing to Lindsey". There's also more ice hockey action, snowboarding, ladies' figure skating and some curling of course.

Goggia told reporters that Vonn was "the greatest skier". "I appreciate that she even asked me". "I tried so hard and I worked my butt off". I thought I had the turn finished sooner than I did and I lost elevation.

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.

Vonn won super-G bronze in Vancouver in 2010. They're all different but this latest one will surely carry plenty of meaning.

Vonn, 33, became the oldest female Alpine ski medalist. "I feel like a million bucks", the upbeat American said after a second training run on the 2.8km-long Jeongseon course. But it's all made me who I am. "I think it was a pretty big disadvantage to be honest. I think later I'll reflect on how much I enjoyed it and how much my teammates made it special". But it's always an honor to race with Lindsey Vonn ...

"I just wish he was here, and I wish he could've watched me", she said.

Regardless of whether Shiffrin had competed in downhill, Vonn is considered a heavy favorite for gold.

Coming in third behind Italian victor Sofia Goggia and silver medallist Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, Vonn confirmed that it was her last ever Olympic downhill.

With 81 World Cup victories, Vonn needs just six more victories to break the all-time record of 86 held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark. From Dragon's Back onwards, her pace was impressive, and she easily outpaced Tina Weirather (LIE), then in top spot, with Vonn still to ski.

"I'm going to miss the Olympics and that's one of the reasons why it was so emotional for me", Vonn said. The showdown didn't materialize and the race lost just a bit of luster when Shiffrin decided earlier in the week to skip the event, even though she's now ranked No. 5 the World Cup's downhill standings. "I really want to keep racing forever, but I can't", she said. "I have two more races left, so I hope those will go a little bit better".

  • Arturo Norris