Abrahamson: Lindsey Vonn has waited eight years for 100 seconds

Lindsey Vonn 2018

The veteran does have one more chance to medal in Pyeongchang as she competes in the alpine combined - a combination of one downhill run and one slalom run - on Thursday. Vonn dedicated her downhill run to her grandfather, Don Kildow, who passed away in November.

A devastating knee injury kept her out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Vonn estimated she has spent the equivalent of three years rehabbing from various injuries. Vonn has won three medals since she began competing at the Olympics in 2002 at the age of 17, and the 33-year-old said today's downhill event was likely her last.

"It's been really hard for me not to get emotional for so many reasons, especially because of my grandfather", Vonn said.

"I wanted desperately to win for him", she said. My body probably can't take another four years but-I don't know-I'm proud.

After finishing her race, the skier cried when asked about her grandad but said that despite not taking gold she hoped she had made him proud.

The US skier has been intermittently abused on social media after she told CNN in an interview in December that she wouldn't visit the White House should she win a medal at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

As it turned out, she was just finding her rhythm.

"I watched clips here and there".

Vonn, who purposely stood up out of her crouch to slow herself down at the end of her final two training runs, does not prioritize her times in training.

Vonn was clocked at skiing more than 60 miles per hour. but she was nearly a half second behind Italy's time near the end of her run. The race will pit Vonn's expertise, downhill, against Shiffrin's specialty, slalom. She is the link from the years in which Bode Miller was winning the World Cup overall crystal globe to, now, the Mikaela Shiffrin era and, as well, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety and everything and everyone in between. Team USA's Lindsey Vonn won bronze in the women's downhill.

"If I could physically continue skiing, then I absolutely will, but at this point it takes a lot to make my knee good enough to ski downhill, it has to be pretty solid to push yourself at these speeds and be able to trust it". I'm absolutely going to miss it.

"It really depends on what Sofia chooses, I'm picking right behind her so I would like to start behind her", she said. "I may not be as vocal right now with my opinions, but that doesn't mean they have won - I haven't changed my mind".

"There's, of course, going to be people that hate me and hope I ski off a cliff and die", she said.

Mowinckel's thrilling run in bib 19 knocked Tina Weirather out of the medals and deprived the Liechtensteiner of a second bronze to add to the one she won behind Ledecka in the super-G. But it's the perspective that I think is important. "You know, he wasn't at the 2010 Olympics". The women's downhill - her best event - is scheduled for Wednesday and the combined is set for Friday, and Vonn is considered a podium threat in both.

"I'm on a first-name basis with so many doctors it's ridiculous", she said. There is one more training season Tuesday. "I wish this wasn't my last Olympics, but it is".

She said: "It's not about putting that on her, it's just that she has so much experience".

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