Olympics: Lindsey Vonn Gets Emotional After Medaling in Final Downhill Race

Lindsey Vonn


These Games have been emotional for the American, not only because they are her last but also because she wanted to win a gold medal in memory of her grandfather who recently died.

Speaking after her downhill race, she said: "I think the most important thing with social media is to be who you are".

Marcel Hirscher, who has claimed two gold medals in Pyeongchang, ruled out competing for Austria before the start of the Olympics because he felt it would compromise his bid to win a seventh successive World Cup overall title.

Vonn, by contrast, she said she was "extremely proud" to be on the Olympic podium.

Like her rival, Goggia missed the Sochi Olympics because of a knee injury and Vonn said she had given some advice to the Italian at her home last November.

If she is still capable of winning and her knees are holding up, would Vonn really turn down the chance of one final push at the Games she loves so much? "I love what I do, but my body just can't take another four years. Sofia just skied better than I did", Vonn said.

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Surprise super-G gold medalist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic has not participated in either downhill training run and is expected to instead compete in her other sport, snowboarding, where qualifying for the parallel giant slalom is Thursday.

Vonn will face a tougher task, though she was fourth in the combined at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, last month. But for Vonn, it was another heart-breaking performance after finishing sixth in the Super G on Saturday. I take the Olympics very seriously, and what they mean and what they represent, " Vonn responded.

Lindsey Vonn came up short in her first Olympics event, but early signs suggest that won't happen in the ladies' downhill event, despite her own attempts to hide how fast she was really going.

"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. She has four World Cup wins - two of them at this venue.

"She's always a person that I've admired and if there's someone that's going to beat me, I'm happy that it's her because I know she's worked her tail off and she's put in the time to get there".

She'd only started skiing World Cups in February 2016, in fact.

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Vonn also said she would not visit the White House, either.

Even if she doesn't complete that quest, she's still the greatest skier in American history.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who chose to pull out of the downhill on Monday, took advantage of the final training run to prepare for the combined, which has been brought forward to Thursday because of forecast high winds. "I didn't ski stiff".

"I bet she'll be there", said team mate Breezy Johnson.

There was an initial backlash to Vonn's comments and she said, "it is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being anti-Trump".

"I'm really proud of what I've accomplished in four Olympic Games because some of them were pretty hard", she said.

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