Vonn 'hurt' by anti-American claims after her stance against Trump

Saul Bowman
February 22, 2018

"Anything can happen ... there are no snowboarders in the race today!"

As the No. 1 starter in super-G, Vonn was like a test pilot.

That mark put her 0.38 seconds ahead of Vonn and just 0.01 ahead of silver medalist Anna Veith, of Austria. Mowinckel said, "It's good to be the underdog!"

"I want to make sure that I stay calm", Vonn said Monday on NBC. "But I still think I made him proud". Her skis seemed on edge and rattling more often than Goggia's, and after a bit of a miscue coming off the third jump in the course, Vonn trailed Goggia by almost a half-second.

Under clear blue skies at the Jeongseon Alpine Center, the Americans ended with three racers in the top 10, including Alice McKennis' fifth place finish and Breezy Johnson's seventh. Laurenne Ross finished 15th.

The inaugural team event is scheduled for Saturday as the climax to the program and will bring mixed sex competition, knockout racing and parallel skiing to the Olympic Alpine slopes for the first time.

After she told CNN in December that she wouldn't visit the White House should she win a medal in Pyeongchang, the veteran skier has been intermittently abused on social media. But she also owned the hard work and the drive that got her this far, making her one of America's most famous Olympians.

For eight years, Vonn battled injury to get back to the Olympic downhill.

Goggia has enjoyed a fierce rivalry with Vonn on the World Cup circuit this season, winning two downhills and twice finishing second behind the American to lead the standings in the speed event. All the same, they are, genuinely, friends.

Vonn wiped away tears and acknowledged that besides flying down the hill for about 100 seconds, she also was on an emotional rollercoaster.

On Tuesday, Goggia said she had been struggling with a bothersome left knee.

She is approachable, opinionated, eloquent, articulate and, as she said Monday in one of a number of get-togethers this week with reporters, "always amusing". "I believed in myself - and then what counts, counts". "But I always try to remember that it's people talking behind the computer and they're going to say anything".

"I still haven't realized that I am the new gold medalist".

"I'm so proud to have competed with such incredible girls", Vonn said of her competitors and fellow Team U.S.A. members.

Vonn, feeling 100 percent for the first time in a long time, had said before racing she would "absolutely give it everything I have", dedicating these Games to her grandfather, Don Kildow, who died in November. "I'm really proud to have another medal". But it was too late I think. "But I have no regrets". There would surely be even more tears afterward when she reunited with her family, who all came to watch. "I'm thankful to be here, on the podium, in most likely my last downhill race". "I wish I could keep going, I'm having so much fun and I love what I do, but my body just can't take another four years". I love what I do.

Look back just four years ago to the race in Sochi and - for the first time in the history of the event, there was a tie for gold. "But I'm on the podium, so I'm very happy". Heading into Wednesday's race, she has two Olympic medals, one gold, the Vancouver 2010 downhill. Proud to have given it my all. "And that cost me a medal".

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