Skip to main content

Lindsey Vonn Will Not Win Gold In Women's Downhill Skiing

Lindsen Vonn skiing downhill.

U.S. superstar skier Lindsey Vonn failed to win her gold in her best event, the women's downhill. We're currently waiting to see if Vonn will medal at all.

Vonn won the gold in women's downhill back in 2010. That year's games in Vancouver were fruitful for her, as she also took bronze in the Super-G event.

Her 2018 Winter Olympics got off to a tough start. Vonn finished a disappointing sixth in the Super-G a few days ago. However, women's downhill is her forte.

Vonn has 42 career first place World Cup finishes in the event, also also captured gold in the 2009 world championships. Tonight, however, she's hanging on to third.

Lindsey Vonn posted a solid time of 1:39.69 on her run. Video, via NBC Sports.

At the time, that was the second-best run of any skier in the event. Vonn finished just .47 seconds behind 25-year old Italian Sofia Goggia. The two are friends, and have a pretty cool embrace after Vonn finished her run.

Unfortunately for Vonn, and those following the American's medal race hopes, she was not able to hang on to the silver. Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel posted a time of 1:39.31, and currently sits in second.

A bronze medal would still be a huge accomplishment for Vonn. It would represent a solid bounce back, after she missed the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia due to injury.

At 33-years old, Vonn could make history as well. If she places, she will be the oldest woman to ever medal in the event.

This is not her final event of these games. Vonn will compete in the Super Combined, though she's not considered a huge gold medal threat. Fellow American star Mikaela Shiffrin will also compete in that event.