Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn Scatters Grandfather's Ashes Near Downhill Course

Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn Scatters Grandfather's Ashes Near Downhill Course

And with that, Shiffrin let out a big laugh.

But while Vonn failed to finish the slalom of the combined event, won by Switzerland's Michelle Gisin, she leaves with a downhill bronze, having also finished sixth in the super-G. They were the only two members of the country's Alpine team to earn a medal at the Pyeongchang Games - and the only two to hold news conferences a day after the sport's last two individual events.

Bjoergen's bronze was her fourth medal at PyeongChang, after she won gold in the 4x5-kilometre relay, silver in the 15-kilometre skiathlon and bronze in the 10-kilometre freestyle.

The 22-year-old had a highly successful Games with a giant slalom gold and a silver in the combined, even if there was some disappointment with fourth in her defense of the slalom title she won as a teenager in Sochi four years ago.

"Signifying my last Olympics [in 2018] and just need to believe in myself", Vonn told NBC's Nick Zaccardi. She knew that, but she didn't have an easy time processing it.

When asked about being Vonn's successor, she was deferential.

'This has definitely been the most unbelievable experience for me in all of my Olympic experiences because of how wonderful the team has been, ' Vonn said on Today. But at the moment she's got the world by the tail, time on her side and hard-won experience sizing up, managing and beating back the most heightened of expectations, exponents all of a attractive mind. I will keep fighting for that last dream.

The race had been billed as a rare showdown between the past and future of women's alpine skiing, but Gisin proved to be the fly in the ointment in the clash between Vonn and Shiffrin . And I really had hoped that he would be alive to see me.

At an Olympics where nearly nothing went according to Shiffrin's plan, from the wind that wreaked havoc with her ambitious goal of skiing all five disciplines on the mountain to the banishment of boyfriend Mathieu Faivre from the French ski team for unsportsmanlike conduct, two medals is an awesome haul.

At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Vonn won gold in the downhill and bronze in the super-G. Instead, she was forced to miss the 2014 Olympics after tearing knee ligaments.

In that instant, Vonn was leading the race, the women's Alpine combined.

Vonn said the woman who took the gold in the downhill, good friend Sofia Goggia of Italy, wrote a note trying to lobby for a return in 2022.

'I mean who knows what will happen in four years, it's a long time from now. "I'm really looking forward to it", she added. And, she said, "It has been an fantastic Olympics and a great way to close out my career - in the Olympics".

Yes, for years now, Vonn has been the standard by which all other female ski racers are judged - and judge themselves. She reiterated she is "not going to stop ski racing until I break" Ingemar Stenmark's World Cup record for most career race wins. He has 86 wins and I have 81... And I tried everything I could to win for him, ' said Vonn. She said she's "enjoying the last remaining days of the Olympics" with her family.

"But as I saw in my career, things can change quite quickly", Vonn said. "And my other big goal was to prove that I could branch out and not just be a slalom skier".

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