Lindsey Vonn said she “left it all on the line” as she had to settle for bronze in downhill in what is likely to be her final Olympics.
The most successful women’s ski racer of all time was one of the pre-race favorites, but the 33-year-old could not match the pace of Italy’s Sofia Goggia.
The 25-year-old Goggia, the World Cup downhill standings leader, produced a stunning run to become the first Italian woman to win gold in alpine skiing’s most prestigious event.
Goggia’s time of 1:39.22 was 0.47 seconds better than Vonn’s effort, and 0.09 seconds faster than Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel, who took her second silver of the Games at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
“I came here with one goal — to beat Lindsey,” said Goggia, who had beaten Vonn in the Olympic test events on the same hill.
“This was good, but here I realized that though this duel was really good, it wouldn’t have helped me out so much because I have to be focused on myself.”