Alpine skiing: What to look out for in the women's combined
Alpine skiing: What to look out for in the women's combined
PyeongChang 2018 Lindsey Vonn ‘chasing history’ in South Korea
22 February, 2018, 06:32
Gold medalist Sofia Goggia of Italy (C), silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway (L) and bronze medalist Lindsey Vonn of the United States pose for group photos after winning the ladies' downhill of alpine skiing at the 2018 PyeongChangWinter Olympic Games, at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 21, 2018.
But the American made history as she became the oldest female medallist in alpine skiing at the Olympics, beating a record previously held by Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister, who won the downhill and the Super-G at the Turin Olympics at the age of 32. Vonn was 0.47 seconds behind Goggia. Thus, the intersections between her career and Shiffrin's have been limited.
'I gave it my all today, skied a great race, ' she said.
Mariama Jamanka won the women's bobsled, giving Germany its fifth gold medal in eight sliding events so far at Pyeongchang.
Vonn finished 13th in the women's Alpine combined and tied for sixth in the women's super-G in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The last four women's Olympic combineds have been won by just two athletes - Croatia's Janica Kostelic in 2002 and 2006, and Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch in 2010 and 2014.
Vonn, by contrast, she said she was "extremely proud" to be on the Olympic podium.
Moving, as she put it, like a "samurai", the Italian beat Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel and American Lindsey Vonn in a winning time of 1 minute 39.22 seconds. "I'm proud to have competed for my country and given it my all". "I'm so proud to have competed with such wonderful girls", she added.
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While Bjoergen's milestone was the highlight, the United States' victory in the event was its first Olympic gold in women's cross-country skiing. "I love what I do", Vonn said while choking back tears in a post-race interview with NBC.
"I wanted to win so much for him", Vonn, referring to her late grandfather, Don Kildow, said after the race.
"It's hard for me to understand the thought process of the savage abuse I've taken on the internet".
"We saw each other and she pointed at me, like, 'You again!'" Goggia said. I'm trying to enjoy the moment as much as I can and I am thankful to share this race with such awesome teammates.
She's rallying for one more run these Games. "My body just probably can't take another four years", she said. It's been fun. It's been a fun ride and I hope tomorrow I can maybe pull something out of the hat.
Lindsey Vonn is set to compete in her last Olympic downhill, but she says she'd rather not focus on that right now.
She was skiing again for America, draping herself in the flag afterward after being bullied online for saying she would not accept an invitation to the White House after the Games.
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