Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Goggia takes downhill gold; Vonn earns bronze

Goggia takes downhill gold; Vonn earns bronze

On Wednesday, in Pyeongchang, after the skier Lindsey Vonn finished what she said would be her final Olympic downhill run, winning the bronze medal, the camera caught her sitting with her head in her hands.

Vonn - who is widely regarded as one of the greatest female downhill skiers of her generation - missed out on securing her second Olympic gold during the downhill, losing out to Italian Sofia Goggia.

Sofia Goggia shed the chaotic "crazy horse" of her reputation and embraced her inner Samurai to give Italy its first women's Olympic downhill champion on Wednesday.

Gold medalist Sofia Goggia of Italy (C), silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway (L) and bronze medalist Lindsey Vonn of the United States pose for group photos after winning the ladies' downhill of alpine skiing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 21, 2018.

It all began in 2010 at the Vancouver Games when she won gold and bronze.

Day 12 of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games featured a tearful interview from Lindsey Vonn and forgiveness from the Japanese speed skating team.

On the eve of her downhill run, she said: "I love what I do". "It's taken its toll and that's why I can't keep ski racing, you know?" Because I wouldn't be the same person that I am today. "You're not going to be able to win as consistently as you did, you're not going to be able to win as many tournaments or ski races". I have had a lot of ups and downs, mostly downs, in that time.

Vonn's high standards have been the hallmark by which other racers have been judged, and Goggia was one of the first people to pay tribute to the American's record. "But you know I'm here and I'm on the Olympic podium again". She said that throughout the game she just took it as flattery. I have four. Five, with this", Goggia acknowledged, "But she's unbelievable. "And she had a wonderful career and she is still having, because it's not over".

Before the race though, Vonn tweeted that this would most likely be her last Olympic Downhill event, which means her race in the Alpine Combined on Thursday could be the last time we see her compete at the Olympics.

Despite lengthy absences from the slopes, the U.S. skier has 13 more World Cup victories than any other woman in history and is five wins from equaling Stenmark's record of 86 World Cup victories.

"And I think she understands now that she can't compete in every race, " he said. Realistically speaking, it has to play on your mind.

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

Goggia's time of 1:39.22 was 0.47 seconds better than Vonn's effort, and 0.09 seconds faster than Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel, who took her second silver of the Games at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. "He said there's two places in the race, first and last, and I only want one of them". "I wish he was here. But I think he still is". "I struggled to keep the emotions together but I'm proud of my performance". "I will not be beaten". All Americans deserve to hold the flag and be proud of their country, no matter what they believe.

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