Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Italy Wins Women's Downhill Skiing Gold

Italy Wins Women's Downhill Skiing Gold

Lindsey Vonn's bid for a second Olympic downhill gold medal came unstuck on Wednesday as the United States ski star finished third in the women's blue riband event won by "crazy" close friend Sofia Goggia of Italy.

Goggia clocked a competition-best time of one minute and 39.22 seconds, becoming the first Italian victor of the women's downhill event.

Vonn, who missed the chance to defend her Olympic title at Sochi due to injury, still has the alpine combined to come on Thursday, where she has an outside shot at another medal. She has has three Olympic medals - a gold in the downhill in 2010, a bronze in the Super-G in 2010 and now the bronze in the 2018 downhill. Now, she has more numbers: three Olympic medals, this downhill bronze to go with the gold she won eight years ago in Vancouver, a bronze in the super-G from those same Games when she was, as she said Wednesday, "on top of the world".

American favorites Lindsey Vonn and Red Gerrard were back on the slopes again today in Pyeongchang. After finishing sixth in super-G, she trailed Goggia by nearly half of a second to take away the downhill bronze.

"I think I overshot it - I kind of landed it, but I kind of fell", Nagasu told NBC after the program.

Vonn added: "If you think what's happened over the last eight years and what I've been through to get here, I gave it all and to come away with a medal is a dream come true".

With 81 World Cup victories, Vonn needs just six more victories to break the all-time record of 86 held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark. 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.

Vonn, by contrast, she said she was "extremely proud" to be on the Olympic podium.

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"I wish I could keep skiing and I wish my body doesn't hurt as bad as it does", she said. That's the other reason I've been crying all day. "He said there's two places in the race, first and last, and I only want one of them".

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

Switzerland's Lara Gut, just a year on from left knee surgery, missed a gate, as did her teammate Jasmine Flury, both racers seeking an extra push and paying the price. Then she blew a kiss to the clouds.

Considering everything she overcame to reach these Games, Vonn was satisfied with her bronze medal.

After the competition, Vonn was in tears when talking about her grandfather, who recently passed away. I wish I could keep going.

"She has been so inspiring for me with my own struggles", she said. "I'm proud. I'm proud to have competed for my country. I'm really proud of this medal and I know he is too".

"There were a few turns where I didn't quite get the line, didn't quite carve it out enough, didn't quite trust myself but overall I am really stoked with today", said Small, who had been battling a head cold.

When asked after the race to put Vonn's career in perspective, Goggia had little trouble. "She is unbelievable. She is the most respectful skier I have ever met".

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