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

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 21, 2018

The bronze makes Vonn, 33, the oldest female alpine skier to win a medal in Winter Games history, surpassing a record held by Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister, who won golds in the downhill and the super-G at the Turin Olympics in 2006.

For most of the race, Vonn looked like she might earn silver, but then Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel laid down a beauty of a run that put her in second (1:39.31), as she finished just.09 behind Goggia.

An emotional Lindsey Vonn signed off from her Olympic downhill career with a bronze on Wednesday, saying her "hurting body" would not allow her to compete at the Beijing Games in four years' time.

At the finish the American blew a kiss skyward for her grandfather, who passed away in November. Multiple Olympics later she has fulfilled that early promise.

"I wanted to win so much because of him".

Goggia has enjoyed a fierce rivalry with Vonn on the World Cup circuit this season, winning two downhills and twice finishing second behind the American to lead the standings in the speed event. "Only slightly bummed I'm not skiing it today cause we have 4 girls who are ready to hammer down and I can't wait to watch!"

Injuries have blighted Vonn's career, one of the worst being a season-ending injury during the 2013 World Championship. But it's the perspective that I think is important.

Vonn, who will compete in the Alpine combined on Friday, called it a "fun ride".

Vonn won the bronze medal in the ladies downhill final, and although it's an objectively impressive achievement, an increasingly familiar anti-Vonn narrative emerged yet again in comment sections and on Twitter timelines everywhere. After Thursday's Alpine combined, a race in which she would need to "pull a rabbit out of a hat" to medal, she said, Vonn will set her sights on her pursuit of Ingemar Stenmark's record of 85 World Cup wins.

"I gave it my best shot", she said of coming back from eight years of injuries and setbacks that caused her to miss the 2014 Olympics.

"I want so badly to do well for him", she said in her arrival press conference, where she choked back emotion trying to talk about skiing to honor him.

Vonn, former girlfriend of golf star Tiger Woods, made few errors in her descent, but it was just not enough, Mowinckel providing a surprise factor with her second place after starting 19.

The two are good friends, bonding over a fondness for dogs and a love of ski racing. "I'd have loved a gold medal, but honestly, I'm so proud".

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

Starting seventh in the field of 39 racers, Vonn hit speeds of almost 70 miles per hour as she scorched down the mountain. Shiffrin had initially planned to race in the downhill, but she opted out after scheduling changes due to weather stacked her events too close to one another.

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