Vonn makes history with downhill bronze


Michelle Gisin's downhill crash left her with a headache and a little bit of self-doubt.

BC-OLY-SKI-Women's Combined, 1st Ld-Writethru, 668Vonn leads, Shiffrin in mix after downhill leg of combinedAP Photo OLYAL126, OLYAL127, OLYAL133, OLYAL131, OLYAL129Eds: Updates with more detail. She won the Olympic title in the discipline four years ago in Sochi, before finishing fourth in the event at the Pyeongchang Games. "I'll take a lot of great memories with me", she said.

At her best, Shiffrin would have a serious chance at gold in the combined.

"We saw each other and she pointed at me, like, 'You again!'" Goggia said.

So let the party begin in their hometown of Engelberg, Switzerland.

"She's in her own world". Shiffrin retained silver, holding off Wendy Holdener by just under half a second.

She recorded the fastest time in the downhill, the first of the two events of the Super Combined, at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre on Thursday. The other was 1988, when Brigitte Oertli (silver) and Maria Walliser (bronze) accomplished the feat. "I miss the cheese, the chocolate". Several of the downhill's top contenders in Pyeongchang, including Switzerland's Lara Gut and Italy's Federica Brignone, missed gates or crashed out before reaching the finish line, proving Vonn probably judged the risk appropriately. She raised her ski poles. Why she engaged in a series of warm, lengthy hugs - with her sisters; with USA coaches; with the victor, her good friend Sofia Goggia of Italy; with the runner-up, Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway. She also told the Associated Press that she credits these physical trials with toughening her up.

And they will recall what Shiffrin said as snowflakes feathered down on a mountainside 20 miles south of the Olympic cauldron: "To come away from these Olympics with two medals is insane".

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She was banged up going into the race - emotionally and physically. And Vonn said that her rescue pups definitely helped lift her out of a bad place and gave her something she loved.

Big sister to the rescue.

Lindsey Vonn: Yeah. I mean, I'm sure-here's the thing. "I just used my brain because I have one sometimes and I use it!" "I can't believe it just happened". The next race day came, and it too was postponed.

American Lindsey Vonn ended her Olympics on Thursday vowing that she would not quit the sport until she had beaten Ingemar Stenmark's record of World Cup wins and become the most successful skier of all time. But lately, the slalom has been baffling Gisin.

Vonn's run wasn't flawless.

I think there's no question we're all proud of Lindsey's fantastic work, too.

Skiers' times will be combined after one downhill run and one slalom run. "Today, it was exactly that".

"To win a gold medal in the GS was one of the most emotional feelings I ever had", said Shiffrin, who collapsed on the snow, overwhelmed with joy, when her winning time flashed on the scoreboard. "That was a really, really cool position to be in", Shiffrin said.