Mikaela Shiffrin, Michelle Gisin of Switzerland and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland celebrate after the women's alpine combined at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 22, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Switzerland's Michelle Gisin won the gold, following the third-fastest downhill with the fourth-fastest slalom for a combined time of 2 min 20.90 sec, overtaking the lead briefly held by Shiffrin, who finished 0.97 seconds off the pace.
The much-vaunted U.S. stars were both looking to put some gloss on a mixed Games, with Shiffrin winning gold in the giant slalom but finishing fourth in her preferred slalom, and Vonn settling for bronze in the downhill.
The reservations didn't show in the downhill portion of the combined, when she had the third-fastest time and trailed leader Lindsey Vonn by 0.77 seconds.
Lindsey Vonn bowed out of her fourth Winter Olympics with a heavy heart Thursday having failed to medal in the alpine combined, but promising to ski on until she breaks the World Cup win record.
It was a knee injury which prevented her from defending her downhill title in Sochi four years ago, but Vonn said her injury problems had made her stronger.
Vonn said she sprayed parts of Don Kildow's ashes "just a few days ago" on a rock that she was told was special when she visited South Korea previous year to be named a Pyeongchang Olympic ambassador. In the combined, skiers race the slalom in reverse order of finish in the downhill, meaning Shiffrin would be sixth from last and Vonn last. She refused, telling Alfonsi, "I will use my body to the best of my ability until it can no longer function".
"I'm just the old lady trying to hang on for a medal", she told reporters ahead of the slalom.
Sharyn Alfonsi: I read that your family's said maybe you should retire. In the aftermath of an Olympic build up that has featured inevitable media hype and also the death of her grandfather and a vicious right-wing troll campaign, Vonn could be excused for wanting to make it off the mountain without calling for a medevac.
"It was an wonderful day that I will never forget". "She just skied so good today".
She's rallying for one more run these Games.
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.
"I wish I could keep going".
The 2018 Winter Games may not have gone the way Lindsey Vonn anticipated, but she got something invaluable out of going to Pyeongchang: a proper resting place for her deceased grandfather Don Kildow, a Korean War veteran that Vonn dedicated her performance in these Games to. "I wanted to win so much because of him, but I still think I made him proud". I'm absolutely going to miss it.
While she did not elaborate on future plans, Vonn is expected to return to the World Cup circuit after the games to chase down Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86 race wins. "It's incredible", she added. "Today, I kept accelerating on the bottom part of the course". I didn't feel the speed was there.