PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Contemplative and reflective, Lindsey Vonn on Friday wrapped up her competitive Olympic life by saying, “I gave it absolutely everything I had.”
Describing her two races at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, she said, “I didn’t ski nervous. I skied with passion and with my heart.” In a reference to the bronze medal she won in the downhill, she said, “A bronze honestly does feel like gold to me.” And, she said, “It has been an amazing Olympics and a great way to close out my career — in the Olympics.”
Vonn, 33, is assuredly going to keep ski racing. She is five wins behind the all-time mark for World Cup victories, 86, held by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark. She said she plans to race next in mid-March at Are, Sweden. “I’m not going to stop ski racing until I break it,” she said of Stenmark’s record.
Grateful to have represented my country one last time in the Olympics. Itâ€™s been an amazing journey and I couldnâ€™t be happier or more proud. Now itâ€™s time to break one more record before I close out my career; catch Ingemar Stenmarkâ€™s World Cup win record. He has 86 wins and I have 81...I will keep fighting for that last dream. I love you all. Goodnight â¤ï¸ðŸ™ðŸ» #nevergiveup