Lindsey Vonn shines at last Olympics
Every four years 72% of people all over the world spend 18 days with their eyes glued to screens in order to watch the Winter Olympics. Currently, the 2018 Winter Olympics are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After many delays, the women’s downhill skiing final took place on Monday night, and all of the attention was on Lindsey Vonn, one of the greatest American athletes.
It has been a very bittersweet Olympics for Americans, as fans have had to experience what is likely to be the last Olympic run of greats like snowboarder Shaun White and Vonn. White left South Korea with gold around his neck after dominating the men’s halfpipe, but the same cannot be said for Vonn. She qualified for three different alpine skiing events: the super G, downhill, and combined. After coming up short in the super G focus was shifted to the downhill, Vonn’s best event, which she had won gold eight years ago. After tearing her ACL preparing for the games in 2014 Vonn had to wait eight years to compete in the Olympics again.
After going early in the race, Vonn had to sit and wait to see if her times would hold up. Vonn posted a time of 39.61, good enough for bronze. Sofia Goggia from Italy won the gold, and Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway won the silver. Despite not winning, Vonn had a smile on her face knowing it would be her last Olympic downhill event. In an interview, Vonn mentioned she was racing for her grandfather who had passed in November.
On Thursday, Vonn was set to run her last event, the combined downhill event. She started off strong putting up a strong first half of the race, but missed one of the gates and was unable to finish the race. Despite not making the podium, Vonn congratulated fellow American skier Mikaela Shiffrin who won the silver.
After dominating the sport for the past decade, Lindsey Vonn will soon have to hand of the title to someone new and Shiffrin seems ready to take her place. After winning gold in the slalom in 2014 many people expect her to be the face of skiing for the Americans over the next decade.
Even though Lindsey Vonn did not win gold she is still considered the greatest American skier. Despite having a career filled with injuries, she has won more world cups than any skier ever and is the only person to win a world title in all five downhill skiing disciplines.