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Goggia grabs downhill as Vonn settles for 3rd

23 February 2018

Lindsey Vonn, leader in the downhill, failed to finish the slalom. Next up will be Shiffrin's specialty - the slalom.

Vonn will compete again Thursday, taking on USA teammate Mikaela Shiffrin in the Alpine combined, which adds the times of a downhill - advantage, Vonn - and one run of slalom - big advantage, Shiffrin.

The 33-year-old American, who is the oldest woman to win a Winter Olympics alpine skiing medal, needed a ideal race but failed to complete the race in the end after missing a gate with one of her skis.

Now, it switches to Shiffrin's forte - the slalom.

Sitting third after the downhill, Gisin clocked a best time of 2 minutes 20.90 seconds after downhill and slalom runs. "So those are my last two slalom runs".

Gisin's elder sister Dominique won gold in the downhill in Sochi four years ago.

"I didn't think I was going to win this race in the downhill today".

"I thought I skied really well".

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She competed with a goal - not just personal glory.

But with races postponed in the first week because of strong winds, the new schedule made such a task hard and so she withdrew from the super-G and the downhill.

"I knew I had to risk everything", said Vonn, who won downhill bronze in midweek. "I'm going to give it hell and maybe I can pull out a miracle".

Her silver would turn to bronze when Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway turned in a surprise silver-medal run as the 19th racer on the course.

Goggia told reporters that Vonn was "the greatest skier". It's sad! This is my last downhill.

The combined, the last individual ski race of the 2018 Winter Games, was their only head-to-head matchup in South Korea. "Would have loved to have been there and made it to the finish, but such is life", Vonn said.

"I tried to give it my all and to put my whole heart in that run and I knew I had to be fast to keep a little distance because with Lindsey, you never know how fast she skis in slalom because she was unbelievable a couple years ago".

"She put me to bed and took my phone away and answered the urgent messages", Gisin explained.

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She'll have a shot at one more medal Thursday in the women's combined.

"Everything's great. I feel like a million bucks", she said with a smile. Shiffrin, the three-time world champ in slalom, has been training slalom nearly nonstop since Friday.

She will compete in the combined, along with American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, and that will be her last race in Pyeongchang. Her bronze from Wednesday's downhill will "99.9 percent" be her final Olympic medal.

She won't be holding back.

"Coming here, I knew that I could be a threat for a medal in at least three disciplines".

Vonn admitted she was not well-prepared for the slalom. She added of the new set: "Hopefully they'll survive and stay fast the whole way down".

None was forthcoming. Even so, as she also said, "I am enjoying every second of being here". Because I wouldn't be the same person that I am today. "I really had no stress at all and could just chill and sleep because that was needed after that nice crash on my head". "My family is proud of me and I'm proud of myself".

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Goggia grabs downhill as Vonn settles for 3rd