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Vonn fastest in Olympic downhill practice

Vonn fastest in Olympic downhill practice”

US alpine skier Lindsey Vonn broke down in tears, looking back at her Olympic journey and honoring the memory of her grandfather in an interview with NBC today, just after she secured a bronze medal for the women's downhill ski race.

More poignantly, the initials "DK" were written on her racing helmet, in memory of Don Kildow, the grandfather and Korean War vet who helped inspire her determination and who died in November.

It was a knee injury which prevented her from defending her downhill title in Sochi four years ago, but Vonn said her injury problems had made her stronger.

With Wednesday's race being the American alpine skier's last Olympic downhill, Vonn said she can't get caught up reflecting. I have so much fun going fast and pushing myself to the limit on downhill skis there is nothing else I would rather do. "I love racing in the Olympics, I love racing, being in the start gate with so much pressure you feel suffocated, but somehow you will yourself to give everything you have and you throw yourself down mountain in hopes of a medal". "I'm so proud to have competed with such incredible girls", she added. Lindsey Vonn showed Wednesday how to win bronze.

Regardless of the result, just seeing the two of them together makes the race a special event.

"It's a thrill and I also watch with the knowledge that it's a fleeting moment", said Tiger Shaw, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Moving, as she put it, like a "samurai", the Italian beat Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel and American Lindsey Vonn in a winning time of 1 minute 39.22 seconds.

Goggia and Vonn have struck up a friend over the years, with Goggia recently visiting Vonn at her home in Colorado.

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Yes, the medal was bronze. "My family's here. They love me".

"I'm just counting on some medical miracles to extend my career, " she said Tuesday with a grin.

'If they don't like me their loss I guess'.

"I wish I could keep skiing, and I wish my body doesn't hurt as bad as it does", she told BBC Sport. If she can stay on course after these Olympics and avoid any more terrifying crashes this season and next, she will have an excellent shot at getting the six additional World Cup victories she needs to break the all-time record of 86 by Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark. She also hedged on doing the downhill, saying she wanted to see how training went. "That they're going to switch the time for some others", the 22-year-old told reporters immediately after her victory. I've been in the fences so many times, I know so many doctors on a first name basis that it's ridiculous. But, you know, that's fine. Shiffrin had initially planned to race in the downhill, but she opted out after scheduling changes due to weather stacked her events too close to one another.

While Vonn did finish third in the second training run, she still posted two of the fastest training run times in the two days combined.

"For all the people that say bad things there are ten more that say nice things, ” she said".

Asked by AFP in Pyeongchang if she was "anti-American" - a barb directed at her by her detractors - she said: "That's so far from the truth". "I wish this wasn't my last Olympics, but it is".

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