In what will most likely be her last Olympic downhill performance ever, Team USA skier Lindsey Vonn may not have managed to grab a gold medal, but she did manage to give a tear-jerking post-race interview and walk away with a bronze. Vonn's grandfather passed away this past fall, so she wore his initials, "DK," on her helmet as a way to remember him.
"I wanted to win so much because of him," Vonn said. "But I still think I made him proud, and our family never gives up, and I never gave up. I kept working hard and I'm really proud of this medal and I know he is too."
The eight years since the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver (her first and only gold medal) have not been smooth sailing for the decorated skiier. She tore her ACL and MCL in 2013, then reinjured that same knee a year later, and then fractured her humerus in 2016, which left her unable to even brush her teeth. Making it to these Olympics in one piece was a huge priority.
"I gave it my best shot, you know," Vonn said. "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."
Even if she doesn't win any other medals in her remaining events, Vonn has still made history. She's only the third U.S. Alpine skier to win three career Olympic medals.
"I wish I could keep going," she said. "I have so much fun, I love what I do, my body just probably can't take another four years, but I'm proud. I'm proud to have competed for my country."
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