Lindsey Vonn denied gold medal, earns bronze in Olympic downhill

Lindsey Vonn denied gold medal, earns bronze in Olympic downhill

Lindsey Vonn denied gold medal, earns bronze in Olympic downhill

JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) - Lindsey Vonn knew that the bronze medal she earned Wednesday came in her final Olympic downhill, the signature event of her singular career.

"It's all or nothing so there is really no reason to be nervous or think about pressure or expectation because either I win or I lose", she said.

"It's sad, this is my last (Olympic) downhill".

Goggia clocked a competition-best time of one minute and 39.22 seconds, becoming the first Italian victor of the women's downhill event.

Vonn, 33, was aiming to become the oldest woman to ever win a gold in the downhill but was beat by her good friend, Italy's Sofia Goggia. It paid off, as she pushed Weirather off the podium and relegated Vonn to bronze.

"I think the most important thing with social media is to be who you are", she said. "I tried so hard, worked my butt off, and I'm so proud to have competed with such incredible girls, my teammates".

"We saw each other and she pointed at me, like, You again!" Most of us have been injured pretty severely.

For the first time in Olympic history, the US placed three skiers in the top 10 of women's downhill. American Alice McKennis came in fifth.

"Never say last with Lindsey", her sister Laura Kildow said when asked by Reuters whether the skier would have been happy with bronze in her last race. Vonn will compete but she has very little slalom training in recent years.

The gold was the first Olympic medal for Goggia, who is making her Olympic debut in PyeongChang. "And I miss him so much. Today it wasn't my day, but I delivered when it counted for the team".

He would, she said after the race, hopefully be proud of the effort she gave in the same place where he served with the Army Corps of Engineers, building roads and military facilities, sometimes behind enemy lines, according to his obituary.

"I really want to keep racing forever, but I cant". I tried so hard. I have no regrets.

'I gave it my all today, skied a great race, ' she said.

A source with knowledge of Vonn's thinking said that her use of such language was no accident. "It's my last downhill".

"I remember when she won in Vancouver and I said I wish one day I can be there racing at the top", she said. "I couldn't have done it much better than this, this was my best downhill ever". No 37-year-old Vonn looking to add more gold to her legacy. "I'm proud to have competed for my country, I'm proud to have given it my all".

Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Downhill - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 21, 2018 - Lindsey Vonn of the USA smiles.

But downhill skiing has a habit of producing the unexpected. 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. But Vonn, who has won more World Cup races than any female skier in history, left nothing on the mountain. Sure, her online critics will delight in her loss.

"Every single meal she's eaten for the last two years is to build up to this moment". She put together a solid run, having trouble in only one section in the middle of the downhill course at Jeongseon Alpine Center in Pyeongchang. "I do have a voice".

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