Alpine skiing: American Shiffrin ends 'rollercoaster' Games on high note

Alpine skiing: American Shiffrin ends 'rollercoaster' Games on high note

"Tomorrow I will push out of the starting gate in what will most likely be my last Olympic Downhill race", tweeted Vonn, who won gold in the event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

The experts made Shiffrin the pre-race favorite for gold.

It was a good day for Mikaela Shiffrin on the Olympic downhill course Tuesday.

And it was Goggia, who leads the 2018 World Cup standings in downhill, who looked to pose the question to Vonn when setting out fifth.

Gisin's victory, with a combined time of two minutes 20.90, almost a second ahead of pre-race favorite Shiffrin, completed a rare Olympic double for her family.

The star athlete chose to ski seventh in the lineup to ensure she raced after 25-year-old Goggia, her rival and friend.

"Realistically speaking, it has to play on your mind", Knight said in the post race presser.

"You've got to put things into perspective".

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When asked if she might be back, Vonn said: 'I don't know.

"It's incredible to be on the podium with two such unbelievable skiers and I knew I will have to show the slalom of my life to have a chance to get that medal and to get that gold medal", the 24-year-old Gisin added.

However, after a myriad of brutal injuries and extensive rehab, Vonn says she has reached her limit and will not compete in 2022.

Vonn has endured a slue of injuries over her career, including two operations to fix torn ligaments in her right knee, and says it's one of the reasons she can't keep competing at this level although she will "absolutely miss it". "I couldn't have done it much better than this, this was my best downhill ever". "And I think later I'll reflect on how much I enjoyed it and how much my teammates and my coaches made it special for me", Vonn said ahead of Wednesday's contest.

The 33-year-old and fellow American Shiffrin were both in position for a medal on Thursday following the downhill portion of the event - Vonn sitting in first with her team-mate in sixth. She got Leo, who had been hit by a vehicle and had a bad knee too, just before her second knee surgery in 2014. But Vonn insisted she would break Ingemar Stenmark's World Cup record of 86 wins.

Michelle Gisin's downhill crash left her with a headache and a little bit of self-doubt. "I'm going to miss it a lot". I tried to believe that one day it would come to me. As she acknowledged Friday, she thought she was a contender in three: GS, slalom and super-combined. "So it nearly takes the pressure off, which is a good thing for me, because then I can just ski free and see what happens". "I am really proud of this medal, and I know he is, too". She also said, "I don't see Lindsey as being done yet, or passing the baton or me as taking the baton".

"I'm not going to quit until I get that record, that's for sure, no matter how much pain I'm in", said the American, now five victories short on 81.

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