Lindsey Vonn has owned the downhill for the last 17 years, but this year may be her last. Following Her final run, she clinched a bronze medal. While this was a bit of a disappointment for the face of the sport, it still was extremely meaningful given the context at this point in her career.
In an emotional post-race interview, @lindseyvonn says that this was her last Olympic downhill and she hopes she made her late grandfather proud. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/YtEpNzDMDu pic.twitter.com/vWhKp5NSGA
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 21, 2018
The extra added emotion to this stemmed from her late grandfather who passed away last fall. She wore his initials on her helmet for the duration in the 2018 olympics.
Vonn: It’s been really hard for me not to get emotional for so many reasons, especially because of my grandfather. I wanted to win so much because of him. [Cries,] But I still think I made him proud. Our family never gives up and I never gave up. I kept working hard. I’m really proud of this medal and I know he is too.
Cox: I know your entirely family is so proud of you. You’ve said this is your last Olympic downhill race? What memory will stand out the most to you?
Vonn: I gave it my best shot. I tried so hard and I worked my butt off and I’m so proud to have competed with such amazing girls. My teammates have really supported me and we’ve helped each other. Most of us have been injured pretty severely, so I’m really happy and proud to be competing with them and to have their support. It’s been fun. It’s been a fun ride and I hope tomorrow I can maybe pull something out of the hat. But it’s sad. This is my last downhill. I wish I could keep going. I have so much fun. I love what I do. My body just probably can’t take another four years. I’m proud. I’m proud to have competed for my country. I’m proud to have given it my all. I’m proud to come away with a medal.
This is an extremely bittersweet moment that every athlete must face in there career, the death of her grandfather just made that much harder to cope with.
Regardless, Vonn will go down as one of the greatest downhill skiers in world history.
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