Lindsey Vonn is hailed as one of the most talented skiers in the world. She has won four World Cup overall championships and three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, plus another in 2012. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, she won gold in downhill—the first every in the event for an American woman. She has a record eight World Cup season titles in downhill, five titles in super-G, and three consecutive titles in the combined. Unfortunately, her Olympic career ended in disappointment—she failed to finish the slalom in the Super Combined.
Around ten seconds into the course, Vonn straddled a gate, sending her off the course. This inability to medal is made more frustrating by the fact that, in 2010, she led the Super Combined on the same stage—only to crash out in slalom. Vonn is the most decorated female Alpine ski race in World Cup history, and—though she does not plan to compete in further Olympic games—she plans to return to the World Cup circuit. She plans to chase down Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 race wins; Vonn currently has 81.
Though disappointing, Vonn was not upset by her Olympic finish. She told ESPN: “The miracle didn’t happen, but I gave it my best effort. Slalom is tough for me. I fought really hard, but straddling is unfortunately something I do often, which is why I don’t ski the event anymore. As much as I had a very little change of getting on the podium today, I still had a chance… such is life.” Additionally, she admitted to not putting much time into her slalom training this year. With just one day of slalom training before Christmas 2017, she was unsurprised to have seen her performance suffer.
Her Team U.S.A. teammate, Mikaela Shiffrin, took silver. The 22-year-old has won three Olympic medals. Michelle Gisin took gold while Wendy Holdener took bronze.