Lindsey Vonn shares pic showing skis burned out on bronze medal run


Although she won fewer medals in Sochi 2014, she still won three golds - in 30-km freestyle, skiathlon and team sprint. Beyond that, however, her future remains shrouded in doubts.

The first part of the event, the downhill, will begin at 9:30 p.m. (ET), with the medals to be decided in the slalom from 1 a.m (EST).

Switzerland's Alpine combined gold medal victor Michelle Gisin said her sister Dominique's downhill triumph at Sochi four years ago had inspired her to "reach for the stars". After what she has endured in those eight years, even in the U.S gold-obsessed culture, this is a very cool thing.

So I just want to write you this little message to make my mea-culpa if it could shock some people and explain the substance of my thought.

Despite likely being disappointed at not adding yet another gold medal to her haul on Wednesday, she can reflect on a career that has spanned nearly 20 years.

The United States skiing star will be competing in the combined event along with fellow star American Lindsey Vonn. The other was 1988, when Brigitte Oertli (silver) and Maria Walliser (bronze) accomplished the feat. So I have a chance to do that this afternoon, and I'm really looking forward to it.

Gisin turned in a almost flawless performance as she finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 20.90 seconds to eclipse the silver-medalist Shiffrin by 0.97 seconds. That's why I'm going to miss it'.

Gisin really didn't know how to celebrate after crossing the finish line. The responses - often profane or threatening - had nothing to do with her skiing.

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How does she handle the pressure?

It was a case of emotional overload. To say her skiing résumé is long and distinguished would be an understatement. Plus, she also went first, which is never a fun time. "I'm really happy it was enough for the third place", she said.

Big sister to the rescue. "The best way that I can do that, as far as I see right now, is just to ski my best and to keep taking ski racing to a new level". Yeah, that was the most important thing about it.

"The most hard part of the day was to overcome myself and overcome the fear that always comes to you and creeps in if you have a crash".

Chasing after Italian Sofia Goggia's time of 1:39.22, the 33-year-old charged out of the starting gate, but continually lost ground throughout the race, ultimately finishing.47 seconds behind Goggia. "So those are my last two slalom runs".

Until Thursday, that is. "We had some rough times and he wasn't in Vancouver (in 2010) when I won so it meant a lot to me that he was here".

"It feels good", Shiffrin said. "Today, it was exactly that". Just 10 minutes into her slalom.

Meanwhile, Shiffrin salvaged her Olympics with her second medal after winning gold in the giant slalom.