Goggia denies Vonn to win downhill gold

Silver medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates during the flower ceremony after the women's combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon South Korea Thursday Feb. 22 2018

Goggia denies Vonn to win downhill gold

The medals continued to rain down at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Wednesday, as American Lindsey Vonn reached the podium in the women's downhill final, although she had to settle for bronze as Sofia Goggia took the top spot.

While the 33-year-old Vonn rarely competes in slalom events these days, Mowinckel already has a silver from the giant slalom and will fancy her chances of gold in the combined as she targets a third medal of the Games. Vonn even gave Goggia advice over coffee in Colorado a few months ago. "I gave it my best shot ..."

Heading into the Team Sprint events, it was a foregone conclusion that the Norwegians would medal in the men's and women's races, with both teams probably favourite for gold. With this being the close of her downhill career, Knight believes that the sheer gravity of the race took its toll mentally for the Olympian.

"I wanted desperately to win for him today", she was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Vonn - who is widely regarded as one of the greatest female downhill skiers of her generation - missed out on securing her second Olympic gold during the downhill, losing out to Italian Sofia Goggia.

"It's a thrill and I also watch with the knowledge that it's a fleeting moment", said Tiger Shaw, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. I stand strong and I'm proud of what I represent and who I am.

"I was very happy when I saw the score, but I did not expect it", said the 15-year-old Zagitova, who had 82.92 points.

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Earlier today in the women's cross country skiing team sprint, the duo of Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins made history by winning the United States' first ever Olympic medal in the sport.

Vonn looked skyward and blew kisses in the air, a tribute to her grandfather, who died previous year.

Mowinckel stayed in touch at the next two splits, trailing by the finest of margins, and after slightly losing her line off the final jump, she remained in second place, finishing just 0.09 seconds behind Goggia in gold, with Weirather bumped out of the medals altogether. I'm trying to enjoy the moment as much as I can and I am thankful to share this race with such incredible teammates.

"My body just can't take another four years". I put my boots on and I was really centred, you know?

"It feels wonderful", she said. "I hope tomorrow I can pull something out of the hat but it's sad", she continued, her voice wavering heavily.

In her Olympics career, Vonn had previously won two medals - a gold in the downhill and a bronze in the Super-G.

The American had joked that she would require "medical miracles" to extend her trophy-laden career, although she has confirmed that she will race next season in a bid to better Ingemar Stenmark's World Cup win record of 86.

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