Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Vonn's Olympic dreams dashed as Ledecka goes on fairytale run

Vonn's Olympic dreams dashed as Ledecka goes on fairytale run

Though she is just eighth in the World Cup standings, Mowinckel captured the silver in the giant slalom a few days prior and looked comfortable on the South Korean slopes.

Alpine skiing medal action at Pyeongchang 2018 is due to resume tomorrow with the men's giant slalom.

A magical ending to a remarkable racing career wasn't meant to be.

After battling back to fitness - with various other injuries along the way including fracturing her arm and ankle - Vonn was able to compete in this year's Winter Olympics for what is expected to be the final time.

That's now a moot point, with Mother Nature making the decision for her. She went home without a medal but was honored with the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award and turned into one of the heartwarming tales of the chilly Winter Games. "Sofia just skied better than I did. That's fine - I'm not going to do that", she said. "I'm trying to accept that and deal with the emotions of that". Her time was one minute and 39.69 seconds, which gave her the bronze after Goggia won gold with a 1:39.22 and Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel, who competed 19th, snuck into second with a 1:39.31.

By the end of the run, Mowinckel had secured her grip on a second silver medal.

"I'm the most American person you will ever find", she responded.

She was asked this week how her health is at the moment.

Czechs stop USA's run in men's hockey at 2018 Winter Olympics
The first period was scoreless but in the second period, Team USA scored two quick goals with the first from forward Ryan Donoto. The Czech Republic topped Group A with a 2-0-1 record, beating South Korea and Switzerland in regulation and Canada in overtime.

She dropped out of the downhill to concentrate on the combined when it was moved forward by a day, but still managed to set the fifth fastest time in the final training run for the marquee race. "I kept working hard and I'm really proud of this medal".

The 33-year-old Vonn made her 2018 Winter Olympics debut at the women's Super-G, she aims to become the third United States of America athlete with three career Olympic alpine-skiing medals. But Vonn, who has won more World Cup races than any female skier in history, left nothing on the mountain.

"It's all or nothing so there is really no reason to be nervous or think about pressure or expectation because either I win or I lose", she said. I really don't know what happened. "Sometimes I have a tendency to get too aggressive".

The best - such as pre-race favorites Vonn, Switzerland's Lara Gut and Veith - had already competed, leaving a chewed up course for those that followed.

"It was tough to contemplate this being my last Olympic downhill race", Vonn added.

Lindsey Vonn thanked her followers for their support on TwitterWhat next for Vonn? "I didn't ski stiff".

Vonn dedicated her Olympics to her late grandfather, Don Kildow, who died last November at age 88.

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