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Vonn, Shiffrin can still save these Games for US alpine squad

Vonn, Shiffrin can still save these Games for US alpine squad”

Vonn has dedicated these Olympics to her grandfather, Don Kildow, who died in November. Despite an otherwise medal-worthy race, her mistake proved costly and Vonn opened her Olympics with disappointment, tied for sixth place in a race that was unpredictable in just about every way possible.

Vonn said Sunday she was determined to "just ignore the haters" who she said were trying to "tear me down".

"I'm from Minnesota, from farmland, my family are solid, wholesome people and I love my country and I love competing for my country".

Later, Lindsey acknowledged the trolls after ESPN analyst and Olympic gold medal soccer player Julie Foudy tweeted a message of support.

"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.

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American speed queen Lindsey Vonn said on Tuesday that she would require "medical miracles" to extend her trophy-laden career after sustaining a string of devastating injuries.

"Of course there are going to be people that hate me", added Vonn, who revealed she was limiting her exposure to social media before racing.

Goggia and Vonn are close friends, sharing a mutual respect and openly describing themselves as "100 percent crazy" in their pursuit of downhill speed.

Mikaela Shiffrin didn't race downhill because of the altered Olympic program. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, third in the World Cup standings, had a grip on bronze. I have to look at a video, but I thought I executed the line perfectly. I miss him so much, " she said last week. Hindsight is obviously 20-20, but I wouldn't change anything'. I'm not defeated. I stand by my values and I'm not going to back down. Vonn has been dealing with a lengthy list of injuries, including two operations to fix torn ligaments in her right knee that kept her out of the 2014 Sochi games.

"I like knowing what times my competitors get and how they are skiing", Vonn said before the draw.

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Lindsey Vonn came up short in her first Olympics event, but early signs suggest that won't happen in the ladies' downhill event, despite her own attempts to hide how fast she was really going. She also joked that she was optimistic she'd medal, as there were no snowboarders in the race.

"There's really no need to be nervous or think about pressure or expectation, " she said. Her body has been beaten down by so many crashes, so many spills, and so much stress that the next World Cup season could be her last. But who knows? Maybe something will come out and they'll fix my knee up and I'll be like Robo knee and I'll ski for like 10 more years.

Injury ruled Vonn out of Sochi in 2014 and her appearance in Pyeongchang is testament to her professionalism and never-say-die attitude after a series of other devastating injuries.

Vonn had told reporters at Jeongseon Alpine Center on Monday, "That is what bullies want you to do".

Vonn: "I like letting other people think that they are faster". "I'm so thankful to be here and to be on an Olympic podium with the next generation of my sport". Everyone in the field Wednesday knew they were watching a master work with an Olympic downhill canvas for a final time.

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