Lindsey Vonn made history today. The American superstar skier won bronze in what is likely her final Olympics.
Vonn posted a time of 1:39.69 in the women's downhill ski, her best Olympic event. She won gold during the 2010 Vancouver games in the event.
Unfortunately, she was not able to clinch another first place Olympic finish in likely her final games. Vonn was .47 seconds behind Italian skier Sofia Goggia.
At the time of her run, Vonn was in second place. She was eventually edged by Norwegian skier Ragnhild Mowinckel as well.
Still, Lindsey Vonn's time was good enough for third. At 33, she is now the oldest woman to medal in the event.
Earlier today, Vonn said that this would be her final Olympics, barring some medical breakthroughs. From Yahoo! Sports:
“I feel like it’s 99.9 percent sure,” Vonn said Tuesday, one day before she pushes out of the starting gate in the downhill, her best best event. Vonn, 33, admitted – albeit with a smile – that she was “counting on some medical miracles to extend my career.” “But who knows? Maybe something will come out and they’ll fix my knee up and I’ll be like Robo knee and I’ll ski for like 10 more years,” she said. “That’d be ideal.’’
That made the time after her run even more emotional. She gave an interview to NBC after the run, and said that she hope she made her late grandfather proud with the performance.
This is Vonn's third career Olympic medal. In 2010, she also won bronze in the Super-G event.
She finished sixth in the Super-G this year, but still has one event remaining. Vonn will compete in the Super Combined, though she is not expected to medal. Fellow American Mikaela Shiffrin is one of the favorites to place in that event.