Vail's Lindsey Vonn saw her golden dream turn to bronze in the women's downhill Wednesday (Tuesday night in the U.S.) at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but her pride, emotion and fierce competitive spirit shone through at the end.
Starting seventh in the field of 39 racers, Vonn hit speeds of almost 70 miles per hour as she scorched down the mountain.
Over the next half hour, no skier was able to match the trio of Goggia, Vonn and Weirather, as skier after skier inevitably fell behind in the crucial intermediate split. It's the third Olympic medal overall for Vonn. A devastating knee injury kept her out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Vonn estimated she has spent the equivalent of three years rehabbing from various injuries.
"I'm not looking to do anything special here in the training runs, I just want to get a feeling for the line", said Vonn, who stressed she hadn't been pushing herself very hard. "I gave this my best shot", she explained. "Not well, " she said with a smile when asked how the search went.
Vonn couldn't hide her disappointment and admitted this would likely be her final Olympics.
Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel must also be considered a strong contender after showing her versatility with silvers in both the giant slalom and downhill, while Lindsey Vonn could challenge if she can muster up a decent enough time in the slalom.
The 33-year-old American's plan, for the moment, is to carry on competing in the World Cup until she surpasses Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86 race wins on the men's circuit, the most by any athlete.
Mowinckel's thrilling run in bib 19 knocked Tina Weirather out of the medals and deprived the Liechtensteiner of a second bronze to add to the one she won behind Ledecka in the super-G. She became the oldest woman to win a World Cup downhill, one of 42 wins in the event on the circuit. I wish I could keep going, you know? I'm so proud to be here representing the United States. "But I'm happy to do that - that's sportsmanship".
"I feel relieved that I got something off my chest, but I do also feel some regrets", Lee said of her last Olympic appearance. "Our family never gives up, and I never gave up".
The alpine program concludes Thursday with the women's alpine combined (one run each of downhill and slalom), in which Mikaela Shiffrin will be a favorite.
The Italian, chasing her first Olympic medal, bested Tina Weirather to move into first after crossing the line in 1:39.22 - and it was then all eyes on Vonn, who was seventh out the gate and hoping to topple her close friend's time. I've had so much fun; I love what I do.