Lindsey Vonn fails to finish final race of her Olympic career

USA teammate Lindsey Vonn, who straddled a gate in the slalom and did not finish the combined after leading the field with her downhill run, has declared she has pushed the next generation of skiers to go faster and charge harder.

The 25-year-old Goggia, the World Cup downhill standings leader, produced a stunning run to become the first Italian woman to win gold in alpine skiing's most prestigious event.

In what is expected to be Vonn's final Olympic race, the 33-year-old failed to add to the downhill gold she won in Vancouver eight years ago.

With her slalom gold from the 2014 Games, Shiffrin joins Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso as the only Americans with a medal in each of at least three Alpine disciplines.

At what she has said must be her last Olympics because her oft-injured body can not endure another four years, Vonn added a bronze on Wednesday in the downhill, one of the races Shiffrin elected to skip to conserve energy. Vail's Vonn is by far the most accomplished woman to ever strap on a pair of skis, but when the second leg of the combined event - the slalom - finally arrived later on Thursday, it was clear that the Olympic torch had been passed from one Colorado athlete to another. She has has three Olympic medals - a gold in the downhill in 2010, a bronze in the Super-G in 2010 and now the bronze in the 2018 downhill. She refused, telling Alfonsi, "I will use my body to the best of my ability until it can no longer function". "Today I kept accelerating to the bottom of the course, and yesterday I just didn't", she said. "I wanted to go out with guns blazing", she said afterward.

Shiffrin's moment was this: An Olympics that she by turns defeated and was defeated by.

"It was an awesome day that I will never forget".

Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Here we go. The hype machine pumped her up as the Michael Phelps of winter.

"I came here with one goal - to beat Lindsey", said Goggia, who had beaten Vonn in the Olympic test events on the same hill.

"I'm very proud to hold the American flag on the podium".

"I feel like a real honour to be racing with the greatest skier of all time on the female side". She was only fourth as an overwhelming favorite in slalom after taking gold in giant slalom. She said she was hoping to "pull off a miracle" in the afternoon.

Fifth-place finisher Alice McKennis of the US praised Vonn's "day-to-day perseverance". My technician thinks I burned my skis out, probably on that first traverse there, on the second gate.

"As much as I had very little chance of getting on the podium today, I still had a chance", Vonn told theChicago Tribune.

"It feels incredible", she said. Numerous top racers such as Hirscher, Vonn and Shiffrin are planning to skip the race - and another chance at a medal - to prepare for the resumption of the World Cup schedule. "You've seen me more excited after a third-place World Cup finish".

  • Leroy Wright