Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Women lead remarkable US medal resurgence at the Olympics

Women lead remarkable US medal resurgence at the Olympics

Vonn won a bronze medal in the downhill but skied out of Thursday's slalom leg of the Alpine combined in what could be her last Olympic race.

In what she said would "most likely" be her final Olympic downhill race, Vonn set off fast before losing speed in the middle of the run. At her last Olympics in 2010-she withdrew from the 2014 games because of a knee injury-Vonn crashed out of the combined and didn't finish. "It's awesome to be on the podium with two such incredible skiers and I knew I would have to produce the slalom of my life just to have a chance to get that gold medal", said the Swiss skier.

Bronze medallist Lindsey Vonn of the United States celebrates during the victory ceremony for the Ladies' Downhill on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. And our family never gives up, and I never gave up - I kept working hard, and I am really proud of this medal.

"I took one warmup run going to the slalom inspection in Lenzerheide", Vonn said, alluding to her fourth-place finish at the World Cup stop in Switzerland in the combined last month. I feel so connected to everyone. The most tear-jerking part of Vonn's interview came when she confessed it's probably time to take a bow. "And she had a wonderful career - and she is still "having" because it's not over".

Giant slalom bronze medallist Federica Brignone, also Italian, added: "On this slope, Lindsey's really the best one and she really can win, but it's her head that must work perfectly". She skipped super-G and downhill.

Gear up like Mikaela Shiffrin and your favorite Team USA Olympians! "I am going to erupt".

It was a good day for Mikaela Shiffrin on the Olympic downhill course Tuesday. "I used to win slaloms, but now my body doesn't cooperate with me as much as I would like". I'm just counting on some medical miracles to extend my career a bit longer.

Weirather's mother, Hanni Wenzel, won downhill silver in Lake Placid in 1980 and remains the only Alpine skier from Liechtenstein, male or female, to claim a medal in the downhill.

She said after yesterday's training run: "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".

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. Vonn's 81 World Cup victories are already tops among women all time, and she needs only five more to tie Stenmark, with six setting herself alone at the top, the unquestioned Greatest of All Time.

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