Alpine skiing: American women ponder life beyond Vonn

Alpine skiing: American women ponder life beyond Vonn

"I wanted to win so much because of him".

Moving, as she put it, like a "samurai", the Italian beat Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel and American Lindsey Vonn in a winning time of 1 minute 39.22 seconds.

Lindsey Vonn's bronze medal run in Wednesday's downhill was billed as her final bid for Olympic gold in the sport's marquee event but those who know her best say they wouldn't rule out a fifth attempt in Beijing in 2022. For one final time, Vonn flew by the gates, one after another, reaching speeds reserved for highway driving as she navigated 1 3/4 miles of fast snow.

"I gave it all today, skied a great race".

American Mikaela Shiffrin, the overall World Cup champion in 2017 and leader in the standings again this season, will be hard to beat as she seeks a second gold after her giant slalom triumph. Most of us have been injured pretty severely and I'm so proud and happy to have been training with them.

The U.S. women showed their skill on the icy downhill course on a cold, clear morning.

Vonn was moved to tears not only by the thought of her career winding down, but also by memories of her late grandfather, who died on November. 1.

She couldn't compare Wednesday to when she won a gold medal in the event at the 2010 Vancouver Games. I wish I could keep going, I wish this wasn't my last Olympics, but it is and I'm trying to accept that, deal with the emotions of that and enjoy the ride. I have so much fun. But I still think I made him proud.

He would, she said after the race, hopefully be proud of the effort she gave in the same place where he served with the Army Corps of Engineers, building roads and military facilities, sometimes behind enemy lines, according to his obituary. "But I've no regrets". After finishing sixth in super-G, she trailed Goggia by nearly half of a second to take away the downhill bronze.

"When you're still an athlete you just have focus on other races", Bjoergen said.

"It's tough to contemplate this being my last Olympic downhill. I feel like I am going to erupt".

Be it a jarred back, fractured humerus or season-ending injuries that include a fractured left ankle (2016), wrecked right knee (2014) and left knee (2013), Vonn has suffered a catalogue of mishaps that has left her relying on more than a couple of reconstructed body parts.

"I'm proud to have competed for my country", Vonn said, "I'm proud to have given it my all".

While Bjoergen's milestone was the highlight, the United States' victory in the event was its first Olympic gold in women's cross-country skiing.

It is a perspective that every World Cup skier on that insane, globe-trotting circuit carries with her. But for Vonn, it was another heart-breaking performance after finishing sixth in the Super G on Saturday.

Eight years after she became the first American woman to win the Olympic downhill title, Vonn admitted that the intervening years had been "full of ups and downs". But she will have to ski slalom, too, and in that run, she will lose time. Sure, her online critics will delight in her loss. "She is unbelievable. She is the most respectful skier I have ever met".

"A little nervous, a little tentative at the start I think", Knight said. This race wasn't the best of her career, nor was it the worst.

She, however, said she was asked her opinion and just shared it honestly.

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