Lindsey Vonn's bid for a second Olympic downhill gold medal came unstuck Wednesday as the United States ski star finished third in the women's blue riband event won by "crazy" close friend Sofia Goggia of Italy.
A mistake had kept Vonn off the podium in the super-G on 17 February, and the most successful female World Cup Alpine skier of all time bowed her head as Mowinckel nudged her down to third place. Her skis seemed on edge and rattling more often than Goggia's, and after a bit of a miscue coming off the third jump in the course, Vonn trailed Goggia by almost a half-second. This is 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 paused. NBC broadcasters repeatedly mentioned that the skier had been waiting eight years for a roughly 100-second race.
Vonn's race gives her three medals in four Olympic appearances. "But Sofia just skied better than I did".
Mowinckel followed up on her giant slalom podium with another strong showing for Norway, which now tops the alpine medal table with six.
Vonn said she doesn't think her surgically repaired right knee will hold up until the 2022 Games in Beijing, but Kildow cited Roger Federer, 36, when asked about Vonn's future.
The downhill course for Wednesday's race had 38 gates, with a vertical drop of 2,395 feet over a length of 9,104 feet. She didn't win gold, as many had hoped, but she still received a medal, and that's an unbelievable feat, as she's now the older woman to ever win a medal in this event.
The star athlete chose to ski seventh in the lineup to ensure she raced after 25-year-old Goggia, her rival and friend.
Vonn is slated to compete in the ladies downhill and alpine combined this week, having been among the favorites stunned by Ester Ledecka in Saturday's super-G final.
"Lindsey skied well. She was going hard - maybe a little too hard", Nyman said. "I really, truly hoped with my heart that she was not going to take away the gold". "I really want to keep racing forever, but I can't", she said.
"I just tried to bring the best I could do and it was by far my best downhill race ever". Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Karen Chen are the names to watch for the United States, though the consensus is that Evgenia Medvedeva, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, is going to win the gold. Vonn is ranked second in the most recent World Cup standings in the downhill, and Vonn won gold the last time she got to contest the event at the Olympics.
But thanks to the wonders of modern technology that gave birth to portable cameras, you can get a glimpse of what it's like to traverse the downhill skiing course at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea.