Another Gisin wins Alpine skiing gold for Switzerland at Winter Olympics

Another Gisin wins Alpine skiing gold for Switzerland at Winter Olympics

"I know that it would mean a lot to him to be back here, a part of him is in South Korea always", Vonn told The Associated Press and the Chosun Ilbo newspaper. "It's been fun. It's been a fun ride", she said.

After crossing the finish line, Gisin celebrated with exuberance as Shiffrin clapped for her. Gisin was in third position after the downhill leg and had a 1.21-second advantage over Shiffrin. But man, that little stat feels two-dimensional, something that's true but doesn't begin to get at the depth of the story, which is simultaneously familiar and inspiring.

"For me, a silver medal is awesome".

Yes, Sofia. Yes, we are. "I have four. Five, with this", Goggia said with a laugh. "She has 140 or 130 [World Cup] podiums". She has 81 victories.

The pair rarely compete against each other on the World Cup circuit due to their preferred specialities.

Goggia was fifth out of the starting gate, and turned in a near ideal run.

Silver medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for Alpine Skiing - Ladies' Alpine Combined Slalom on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Medal Plaza on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Shiffrin, who won the giant slalom gold in Pyeongchang but could only finish fourth in her favoured slalom, was nearly a second back, while another Swiss racer, Wendy Holdener, claimed bronze. But being there, that counted for something for Vonn, because that was never guaranteed. But as I saw in my career, things can change quite quickly. "But it's taken its toll". Vonn, the final skier of the event, had an opportunity for a fairy-tale ending as an Olympian, but promptly missed a gate, ending her chances to win in an instant.

She paused a good, long while. "And she had a wonderful career - and she is still "having" because it's not over". But delays in the schedule forced Shiffrin to withdraw from two events and she fell to fourth in her best event, the slalom, after a battle with nerves prior to one of her runs.

If a screenwriter might have opted to let Vonn leave the scene with a medal of a different hue, she sounded at peace with the result.

But not doing it? Vonn thrashed through the next three gates, trying to straighten out, but the momentum was lost and she skied into second place, four tenths behind Goggia.

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"Whether they win or lose, I cry for the winners (and) I cry for the losers because I know what it takes to make it", she said. Because I wouldn't be the same person that I am today. "That's why you have to appreciate every moment that you have, because ski racing has a way of taking a lot from you". "This season, the slalom kicked my butt so many times". I know so many doctors on a first-name basis that it's ridiculous. I'm just going to lay it all out there. "I can hook you up".

She was skiing again for America, draping herself in the flag afterward after being bullied online for saying she would not accept an invitation to the White House after the Games. It might have been advisable to travel to the grocery store in bubble wrap.

"I tried to put my heart into that run", Gisin said. "It's a nice way to end the Olympics", she told Fox News.

Vonn, who earned a bronze medal in the downhill, was last to attempt a run. She was airlifted by helicopter off the mountain, and spent the night in the hospital. To the place where she was adopted as a 4-year-old orphan by an American family that raised her as its own. She didn't finish the slalom that time. All this stuff hardens you. "Because I wouldn't be the same person that I am today", she said.

But the last one was special, and in so many ways.

So, what was on her mind early the next day? Vonn has been dealing with a lengthy list of injuries, including two operations to fix torn ligaments in her right knee that kept her out of the 2014 Sochi games. Vonn went seventh and couldn't catch her.

After the Olympics, Vonn plans to go home to get ready for the World Cup finals.

Lindsey Vonn looks dejected after failing to finish the slalom.

During Thursday's brief meeting with seven elderly South Korean men, Vonn nodded a greeting several times and repeated "thank you so much" to them. After all this time and all those travails, that maybe mattered most.

At the age of 33 there aren't too many downhills left for Vonn. "I think my injuries made me stronger. I do".

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