From Lindsey Vonn’s final Olympic medal to a snowboarder winning an Alpine skiing race, check out the best moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics Alpine skiing competition.
Snowboarder Ester Ledecka wins shocking Alpine skiing gold medal
Everyone was surprised that Ester Ledecka won the Alpine skiing super-G gold medal.
So when she saw her time, .01 seconds faster than defending Olympic champion Anna Veith, she could not believe her eyes.
“How did that happen?” Ledecka asked, shaking her head.
Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic gold, but misses podium in signature discipline
“I came into the Olympics as a multiple-medal threat, and I knew that, but I was also thinking on the plane ride over here that I could also literally walk away with nothing too, I could completely choke in every way possible,” Shiffrin said on “TODAY.” “So to be here sitting with you guys right now and having two medals is a relief but also just insane.”
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The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games is expected to be the final Olympics for Lindsey Vonn.
“I’m going to miss the Olympics and that’s one of the reasons why it was so emotional for me,” Vonn said. “I love racing, love being in the starting gate with so much pressure that you feel suffocated. Then you throw yourself down the mountain.”
A look at her Olympic legacy:
Three career Olympic medals
- 2010 Vancouver Olympics (gold, downhill)
- 2010 Vancouver Olympics (bronze, super-G)
- 2018 PyeongChang Olympics (bronze, downhill)
Julia Mancuso is the only U.S. woman with more Olympic Alpine skiing medals.
U.S. Olympic downhill history
Vonn became the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic downhill gold medal in 2010.
Vonn, 33, became the oldest female Alpine skiing medalist in Olympic history when she claimed the downhill bronze medal in PyeongChang.
When Vonn was 10, she posed for a photo with her Olympic idol, Picabo Street.
Vonn still has the photo hanging in her bedroom.
“I want to give the girls of the next generation someone to look up to,” Vonn said, “just like I looked up to Picabo Street.”
Vonn thinks about that moment when she interacts with her own fans.
“I understand how much you can impact someone just by meeting them,” Vonn said. “A short period of time can make a lifelong difference.”
Switzerland defeated Austria to win the gold medal in the Alpine skiing team event, which made its Olympic debut in PyeongChang.
Norway claimed the bronze medal over France.
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The team event featured 16 teams of four athletes (two men and two women) arranged in a bracket-style, single-elimination format. A skier from each of the two competing nations raced down the course in a series of head-to-head slalom races.
The U.S. lost to Great Britain in the opening round. Both nations earned two points, but the tiebreaker (having the lower combined time of its fastest male and female competitor) allowed Great Britain to advance.
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