Lindsey Vonn Wins Bronze In Downhill At Pyeongyang Winter Olympics


Lindsey Vonn Wins Bronze In Downhill At Pyeongyang Winter Olympics

Vonn thinks about that moment when she interacts with her own fans.

How does she handle the pressure?

In what has been a disappointing Olympics for American alpine racers, the downhillers had a good day.

It was, she said, "a mental roller coaster". Her career total stands at three after the Sochi Games, where the American became the youngest ever Olympic slalom champion. As much as she was hurting after this one, she savored what will nearly surely be her last Olympic medal, even though she will race again Thursday in the combined.

She dedicated her performance to Don Kildow, happy to have won at least one medal in his name.

Still, two medals is a two-week run most would love to have.

Vonn made headlines recently after she scattered her late grandfather's ashes near the Olympic speed ski competition venue in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province.

The American made her Olympic debut aged 17 in Salt Lake City in 2002, competed in Turin in 2006, won Olympic gold in the downhill and super-G bronze at the 2010 Games, but missed Sochi through injury.

"I thought I skied well, well enough for a medal", Vonn told Eurosport.

Vonn fought back tears afterward trying to describe it all.

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"It's really nice to be at the end of it", she said, "and know that I do have two medals". "I'm going to do my best to help the sport grow in whatever way that I can".

"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. "I haven't changed my mind".

This was no shock in the manner of snowboarder Ester Ledecka's win in the super-G at the weekend as Goggia leads the World Cup downhill standings, even if the Italian had finished second behind Vonn in their two most recent meetings.

When the Italian got up for the early race, that confidence was at a peak.

"I gave it my best shot", Vonn told NBC's finish area interviewer. "I said, 'This could be my day so let's make it'". Petr Kouka scored in the fifth round and Pavel Francouz was flawless in the shootout, sending the Czechs into the semifinals. Just 10 minutes into her slalom.

Holdener, meanwhile, added to her 2018 medal count with a well-deserved bronze following a silver-medal finish in slalom.

To Vonn, it was as good as gold.

"To be able to race for him in these Olympics was very special for me". "I'm out there having a great time".

Earlier in the evening, Vonn dominated the downhill portion of the ladies' alpine combined; her 1:39.37 time almost a full second better than her competitors.

"It's a longshot", she said. She acknowledged the pre-Olympics talk of the possibility she could contend in all five Alpine disciplines. "I believed in myself".

But the last one was special, and in so many ways.

"And I tried everything I could to win for him". I'm proud to have competed for my country. Our family never gives up, and I never gave up.