Lindsey Vonn Returns To The Podium In Final Olympic Downhill Race

Lindsey Vonn Returns To The Podium In Final Olympic Downhill Race

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.

"I think I overshot it", Nagasu told NBC of her fall.

"It's been really hard for me not to get emotional for so many reasons, especially because of my grandfather", Vonn said.

After finishing her race, the skier cried when asked about her grandad but said that despite not taking gold she hoped she had made him proud. "I just have a different understanding for life back then. I'm really proud of my medal and I know he is too", the Minnesota native said, adding this would be her final Olympics.

Vonn had repeatedly said she wanted to win a gold medal for her grandfather who was instrumental in her skiing career.

"I'm pretty sure we would need some sort of medical miracles for her to ski again in four years", Knight said.

Be it a jarred back, fractured humerus or season-ending injuries that include a fractured left ankle (2016), wrecked right knee (2014) and left knee (2013), Vonn has sustained a catalogue of mishaps that have left her relying on more than a couple of reconstructed body parts. "But I'm proud to be competing for my country, giving it all and proud to come away with a medal". "I really tried to keep my feet on the gas all the way down". She has four World Cup wins. I wish I could keep going, I wish this wasn't my last Olympics, but it is and I'm trying to accept that, deal with the emotions of that and enjoy the ride.

The American four-times overall World Cup champion still looked destined for a silver medal until flying Viking Mowinckel, who has never graced the podium in a World Cup downhill, threw caution to the wind to claim a surprise silver.

Talking about her Olympic downhill finale, Vonn added, "It was tough to contemplate this being my last Olympic downhill".

Vonn couldn't hide her disappointment and admitted this would likely be her final Olympics.

Vonn lost by 0.47 seconds to gold medal victor Sofia Goggia of Italy and silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway.

"You've got to put things into perspective". "Of course I would have liked a gold medal, but honestly this is incredible and I'm so proud".

Sochi bronze medalist Lara Gut, who was pushed off the podium by Ledecka's sensational run in the super-G, had another disappointing day and failed to finish after coming wide off a jump and missing a gate. Small enough to accompany Vonn to overseas races, she is often the paparazzi's target and even became the center of a meme posted on Twitter by Team USA.

Vonn raced in seven World Cup downhill events this season, slowly finding her rhythm.

On social media, she said: "This".

American Alice McKennis, Italy's Nadia Fanchini and Federica Brignone crashed out in spectacular fashion after all three led the first three intermediate times as the sun-kissed course offered hope for the late runners.

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