Lindsey Vonn wins bronze in women's downhill with one event to go

Lindsey Vonn wins bronze in women's downhill with one event to go

Lindsey Vonn proudly displays the American flag after winning the bronze medal in the Ladies' Downhill race during the 2018 Winter Olympics on Wednesday (February 21) in PyeongChang-Gun, South Korea.

Goggia, the World Cup downhill leader whose previous career-best accolade had been a giant slalom bronze at last year's world ski championships in St Moritz, was fifth out the starting gate and overcame a slow start to finish in 1 min, 39.22 sec, a time that no one else could match on a precarious course that produced eight DNFs at Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

The greatest women's alpine skier of all time (81 World Cup wins, 16 discipline titles and four overall titles) has the combined to come and will look to add to her Games tally of gold and two bronze over four Olympics.

Veteran skier Lindsey Vonn was the favorite in women's downhill coming into the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

America's women Alpine ski team acknowledged there will be a void when all-time great Lindsey Vonn eventually leaves the sport but pointed to Wednesday's downhill results in Pyeongchang Games as proof they can contend for podiums for years to come. "Every single thing she's done every day for the last eight years has been for this day and those two minutes".

"I'm so thankful to be here, to be on the podium in what is likely to me my last Olympic downhill race", the United States great told reporters.

Goggia, 25, had one of the slowest starts on her way to gold, ranking 26th out of 39 racers after the top section of the course. "I think I'll need to have time to myself and look behind me and look how I've been able to do this".

Meanwhile, the 33-year-old Vonn likely completed her final Olympic downhill race. A veteran of the Korean War, she'd planned to bring him with her to the Olympics in South Korea, but he passed away on November 1, 2017 - just months before Vonn became a U.S. Olympian for the fourth time in her career.

"We've been kind of doing that she-wins-I-win-she-wins-I-win kind of game all season and also last season here at the test events", Vonn said.

"I wish I could keep going".

"It's about me and my skiing and not the others".

"It has been an emotional day all round because it's probably my last Olympic downhill race but I'm on the podium so I'm very happy", she said.

Later, Vonn said she wanted to focus on her performance, but that eventually she would "like to say a lot". "It's been fun", she said.

She blew a kiss to the sky when she crossed the finish line as tribute to him.

"I gave it my all today, skied a great race", she said. Most us us have been injured pretty severely, and I'm so proud and happy to have been training with them. I tried too hard to stay on a ideal line. "I love what I do, but my body just can't take another four years. You just have to get up and keep going". My family are solid, wholesome people and I love my country and I love competing for my country. Maybe I just was a little bit too clean, maybe a little bit too precise with the line.

After the competition, Vonn was in tears when talking about her grandfather, who recently passed away. "She is unbelievable. She is the most respectful skier I have ever met".