Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Vonn's Olympic downhill farewell is a lovely shade of bronze

Members of the joint women's ice hockey team of the two Koreas congratulate each other in their match with Sweden at Kwandong Hockey Centre located in Gangneung around 240 kilometers east of Seoul on Feb. 20 2018 Norway gets 1st men's hockey win since '94 Games
Lucia Summers | 22 February, 2018, 10:36

"She asked me how to deal with the pressure and expectation and I told her, which probably helped her", Vonn said after finishing third.

Vonn, of course, does have a gold medal in downhill - the only American woman to ever win ski racing's fastest and most risky Olympic event. Vonn said she was hoping to win gold because of her grandfather, but said she still believed she had made him proud, as she choked up.

Lindsay Vonn said her bronze medal in the women's downhill felt like gold as the American ace signed off from the event with a podium finish.

"They're very resilient", USA skip Nina Roth said to reporters following her team's loss to South Korea.

However, Vonn admitted the last Olympic downhill of her career had left a bittersweet feeling. I'm having so much fun and I love what I do, but my body just can't take another four years. Also, Shim won her fourth Olympic medal, after three medals four years ago.

Vonn, who is due to compete in Thursday's alpine combined event, added: "It was tough to contemplate this being my last Olympic downhill".

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"I personally think downhill is the best", she said, "because we go the fastest". "Usually, I'm really chaotic, but I wanted to take in every little detail, every particular in the morning".

Bjoergen won her 14th medal at the Winter Games by taking bronze with her Norwegian teammates on Wednesday in the team sprint. "So I'm trying to accept that and deal with the emotions of that and enjoy the ride". She became the oldest woman to win a World Cup downhill, one of 42 wins in the event on the circuit.

"I had a dream about that (breaking the record), but you never know". That total, officially minus-10.8, marked the biggest difference between anticipated medal numbers and actual medal numbers of any country on either side of the spectrum at the Winter Games. "I came in not expecting to play, but at the same time I've got to be ready to".

"It will be very exciting to know that somebody from the Pacific Asia region will get a medal and that's an fantastic thing for our sport".

Entering the day, Norway and Germany sit atop the medal count, with Canada, Netherlands and the United States rounding out the top five. That makes Wednesday's clash of titans one of the signature events at Pyeongchang 2018.

33-year-old Vonn still managed to break the record for oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing at the Winter Games, previously set by Michaela Dorfmeister at 32 years and 332 days when she won the women's super-G in 2006.

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