Lindsey Vonn Tweets Fierce War Cry For 'Likely' Last Olympic Downhill Race

Cheryl Sanders
February 23, 2018

In an odd way, there is more pressure on Shiffrin in this event. She knew what she had to do standing at the top of the slalom course. With 10 still to ski, the leader was Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, definitely more of a slalom skier. Defending champions Canada are looking for a fifth consecutive Olympic title while the Americans are the reigning world champions but seeking their first Olympic gold in 20 years and only their second since the event was first introduced at Nagano in 1998.

"I appreciate everything so much more", she said.

"If you think what's happened over the last eight years, to come away with a medal is a dream come true". Vonn said she'll hopefully be able to pull something out of her hat in that race, which combines the times from one run of downhill and one run of slalom.

"I wish I could keep skiing and I wish my body doesn't hurt as bad as it does", she told BBC Sport.

Vonn was.47 seconds slower than Goggia, who told reporters, "I came here. with one goal: to beat Lindsey". "I didn't ski stiff". Fellow American Mikaela Shiffrin was in sixth place after the downhill portion with a good shot at making up ground in the slalom, her specialty.


Watching at the bottom of the hill, Kildow broke into wry grin moments after Vonn crossed the finish line.09 seconds behind Italy's Sofia Goggia, who won the gold.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who made a decision to pull out of the downhill on Monday night, took advantage of the final training run to prepare for the combined, which has been brought forward to Thursday because of forecast high winds. "I've been looking for that run the whole season and it came at just the ideal moment".

"And, you know, medals aren't - they're not necessarily what the Olympics are all about".

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

"I really want to keep racing forever, but I can't". "If I'm nervous then I'm going to lose anyway, so what's the point?"


If Vonn had won a medal in the combined she would have tied the record for the most-decorated American female alpine skier at the Olympics, now held by Julia Mancuso with four.

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. She is five wins behind the all-time mark for World Cup victories, 86, held by Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark.

"In the end, I gave it absolutely everything I had", she said. I've had so much fun; I love what I do.

She concluded that letdowns are a natural part of life and added that she struggled to cope with the schedule, which had been reshuffled a number of times due to high winds. I'm not going to back down.


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