Olympics: A bronze that feels golden for Vonn

Olympics: A bronze that feels golden for Vonn

That feat alone should be sufficient to confer on her superstar status at home, but the thrilling manner of her victory and her joyously garrulous celebrations suggest Goggia will be an enduring heroine for some time to come in her homeland.

"I am so surprised about all of it".

This is her third medal, along with her gold (downhill) and bronze (super-G) at the 2010 Vancouver Games. By smoothly linking her turns and occasionally taking a more rounded approach to the gates, Goggia kept the flat bases of her skis on the snow surface for longer stretches.

Vonn is considered the person to beat in the downhill.

Monday night saw history being made when Germany and Canada tied for gold in the two-man bobsled race - one that also saw the closest finish by the top four sleds in any Olympic sliding race, ever. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, third in the World Cup standings, had a grip on bronze.

In what's likely her last Olympic downhill, Vonn was the seventh competitor out of 39 to compete.

Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel must also be considered a strong contender after showing her versatility with silvers in both the giant slalom and downhill, while Lindsey Vonn could challenge if she can muster up a decent enough time in the slalom. Johnson competed with five other skiers for the opportunity to compete in the finals, but she was never in contention to make it to the podium as she finished with a 1:40.34. "Obviously, I didn't get a medal. I'm disappointed, but I'm not upset", the 33-year-old told reporters. Of course I would have liked a gold medal, but, honestly, this is incredible. I think the terrain just caught me a little bit. I'm super happy. I left it all on the hill.

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

Hopefully Lindsey Vonn did not look at her Twitter mentions after her disappointing performance in the super-G at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang on Saturday. The brutal rehabilitation sessions when she had to relearn how to use her injured right hand and rebuild her right knee. "I attacked and that's what happens". Why did we not ski better?'

"I gave it my best shot". Usually I'm pretty chaotic (but) I focused on all the tiny things I had to perform to do my downhill.

"I've never thought of quitting because of an injury, but it's taken its toll and that's why I can't keep ski racing". She is the link from the years in which Bode Miller was winning the World Cup overall crystal globe to, now, the Mikaela Shiffrin era and, as well, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety and everything and everyone in between.

Vonn's life since Vancouver, her last Olympics, has included major knee constructions, multiple broken bones, nerve damage and shredded cartilage. "My family is proud of me and I'm proud of myself".

"I want so badly to do well for him". She plans to continue racing, but can't possibly see an Olympics at the age of 37 with the toll it has taken on her body. "I'm so thankful to be here and to be on an Olympic podium with the next generation of my sport".

Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn failed to win a medal during her first event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after saying going first put her at a "disadvantage".