Olympics: Lindsey Vonn Gets Emotional After Medaling in Final Downhill Race


"I'm so thankful to be here and to be on an Olympic podium with the next generation of my sport".

"I'm so surprised, but I'm super happy", Mowinckel said. Earning a bronze in Pyeongchang is an admirable way to end her Olympic career. "Everyone is, like, bowing to Lindsey".

She also thanked her teammates for their encouragement and understanding in the face of serious injuries.

There will be no repeat Olympic champion in this race, even though there were two winners - yes, two - in 2014.

"Absolutely not", she said, when asked if she would attend.

"I struggled to try to keep the emotions together, but I left it all on the mountain like I said I would".

"I thought I skied really well. Maybe I should've let the skis run a little bit more".

She starts as favorite, a familiar position and one she is comfortable with.

Vonn will start 13th while Shiffrin goes 19th. "My body probably just can't take another four years". Shiffrin created a stir after arriving here by hinting that she hoped to compete in all five Alpine events: slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and combined. "I kept working hard and I'm really proud of this medal and I know he is too". She failed in her first attempt this past Saturday in the super-G when a mistake on the final turn cost her a shot at the podium. They're all different but this latest one will surely carry plenty of meaning. "I proud to have given it my all", she said through tears.

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"I think social media can be used in a positive way if you're a good person".

She emotionally added, "It's sad".

"I desperately wanted to win for him and I wish he could have been here to watch", she said. But it's always an honor to race with Lindsey Vonn ... "I'm proud to have competed for my country; I'm proud to have given it my all". "To have my family here as well, we're all very emotional".

But after last night's Bronze performance, Vonn found considerable support.

Although Vonn has talked about these Olympics likely being her last, Kildow made it clear he would like his 33-year-old daughter to focus on extending her career. That topped the score of 81.61 that Medvedeva put up three skaters ahead of her, a record that held for about 15 minutes. She produced the fastest time Sunday and the third fastest Monday despite easing up before the finish.

The woman responsible for one of the most stunning Alpine results in Olympic history will not be in the starting hut four days later. She might not be known as a speed event specialist, but Shiffrin is now ranked fifth in the World Cup downhill standings and could pull out a podium finish.

"It's so rewarding", Vonn said of her bronze medal behind Italy's Sofia Goggia and Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel.

Earlier in the day, Vonn tweeted out a message saying this run would likely be her last. "There's, of course, going to be people that hate me and hope I ski off a cliff and die", she told Sports Illustrated.