- Lindsey Vonn did not medal in the women’s Alpine combined event on Thursday at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, when her ski clipped a gate on her final run.
- Vonn had entered the slalom portion of the event in first place and had a good shot at winning gold in what is widely considered her final Winter Olympics event.
- The US’s Mikaela Shiffrin notched her second medal of the games by jumping to second from sixth during the final run.
There was no final moment of Olympic glory for Lindsey Vonn, as she blew a good shot at winning a gold medal in the women’s Alpine combined event on Thursday when she clipped a gate and did not finish the slalom portion.
Vonn entered the second run in first place, with a lead of more than 0.7 seconds over Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway and Michelle Gisin of Switzerland. The US’s Mikaela Shiffrin was in sixth place after the downhill portion and was expected to make up ground in the slalom, her specialty.
Vonn had not competed in a slalom event since injuring her knee in 2013. Still, after her third-place finish on Tuesday in her final downhill race, she appeared set to rebound in the combined event.
But on the 13th gate, Vonn’s worst nightmare came true – her ski clipped the gate, and she was out.
Gisin eventually won the gold, and Shiffrin the silver.
All Vonn could do was scream and shrug.
Vonn finished what is widely considered her final Winter Olympics with one bronze medal over three events at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Meanwhile, Shiffrin, who won gold in the giant slalom, gained her second medal of the games.
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Despite Shiffrin’s two medals, many will look back at her performance at this year’s Olympics and wonder what might have been with a little luck and some better weather.
She came into the games hoping to win five medals. But scheduling delays forced Shiffrin to withdraw from two events, and she fell to fourth in her best event, the slalom, after what she described as a battle with nerves before one of her runs.
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