Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Lindsey Vonn Wins Bronze In What's Likely Her Last Olympic Downhill Race

Lindsey Vonn Wins Bronze In What's Likely Her Last Olympic Downhill Race

She won the bronze in her signature event, the downhill, after failing to medal in her first Olympic event in eight years, the super-G. She's won four season slalom titles, and finished second previous year in giant slalom. She was perhaps a bit disappointed she didn't finish in first place but was certainly pleased to return to the podium.

A glance at the form book and women's downhill race at the Pyeongchang Olympics looks all about Lindsey Vonn versus Sofia Goggia. "I just wish he was here and could have watched me". So if you need any medical care, let me know. She also edged Vonn in March to win the only World Cup downhill contested on the hill.

Goggia, the downhill victor, paid Vonn the ultimate compliment after the race. The brutal rehabilitation sessions when she had to relearn how to use her injured right hand and rebuild her right knee.

Goggia was behind at the top, but found another speed near the bottom. Back in December, Vonn made it clear she was not fond of the president.

Then, though, Ragnhild Mowinckel, silver medalist in giant slalom for Norway's first woman's Alpine medal since 1936, running from the 19th position, snuck into second place, dropping Vonn to third.

"I stand by my values, and I am not going to back down", she said. "I thought I did great". "Maybe I should have let the skis run a little more". Of her World Cup victories, 39 have been in slalom events. It's sad, I love what I do, but my body just probably can't take another four years.

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The American skiing star ended up tied with Italy's Federica Brignone for sixth in the event, which saw the Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka beat Austria's Anna Veith by one one-hundredth for the gold.

Vonn's race gives her three medals in four Olympic appearances.

But the Minnesota born racer couldn't quite add to her gold medal collection.

"Thank you to everyone who supported me and helped me get to this point". But it's all made me who I am. "And it also makes you appreciate every opportunity that you have".

Vonn dedicated her Olympics to her late grandfather, Don Kildow, who died last November at age 88.

"I'm so proud to have competed with such awesome girls", Vonn said of her competitors and fellow Team U.S.A. members. After crossing the finish line, Vonn blew him a kiss and will now take home a new medal in his honor. "I felt awesome. I skied well", Vonn said. "But I think he still is".

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Vonn became very emotional after Mowinckel moved into silver, but her teammates were there to console her.

Snowboard specialist Ledecka has never finished on the podium in World Cup alpine events, her best result being a seventh-placed finish in the downhill a year ago.

When Vonn followed two skiers later, she was faster at the start but less fluid in the middle section. She entered Saturday's event ranked No. 2 in the World Cup standings. After all, Vonn has been anointed downhill champion before, in Vancouver in 2010.

American Breezy Johnson competed directly after Vonn, and she was added to the event after Mikaela Shiffrin pulled out to focus on Monday's super combined.

"Some of the lines I took [Tuesday] I think were faster, others not, " Vonn said course-side before going to analyze her run on video. "I'm so thankful to be here and to be on an Olympic podium with the next generation of my sport".

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