After remaining absent from Winter Olympics for so long, American World Cup alpine ski racer, Lindsey Vonn who is the most American World Cup alpine ski racer failed to earn any medal in her first Olympic event in eight years on Saturday morning (stateside: Friday evening).
The 33-year-old Vonn made her 2018 Winter Olympics debut at the women’s Super-G, she aims to become the third USA athlete with three career Olympic alpine-skiing medals.
But she failed to live her dream when she set the time at 1:21.49, soon bested by several other competitors.
She said, “I did the best I could.” She continued, “I’m happy with my performance. It might not be a medal, but I definitely gave it everything I had.”
According to commentators, they could see the ski racer mouthing “I tried” after her run, Sports Illustrated reported.
She will have another opportunity to earn a medal in the downhill event, later in the Games.
Vonn told the ring of reporters on Saturday, “I’ve had a roller coaster the last eight years with so many injuries, but I’m here, I’m healthy.” She said, “I have two more races left, so I hope those will go a little bit better.”
Winter Olympics 2018 came eight years after Vonn earned a gold medal (downhill) and bronze medal (Super-G) in the 2010 games in Vancouver, which made her the only returning Olympic Super-G medalist among her this year’s Winter Olympics competitors.
Mikaela Shiffrin, 22, from Team USA, who came in fourth in the alpine skiing slalom a day earlier and disappointed her fans, chose to sit out the Super-G, which would have been her third day of continuous racing, to the rest.
Shiffrin took to Twitter in order to good luck to competitors not so long before their first runs. She wrote, “Wishing our girls good luck in the Super-G today! Cross your fingers that the wind dies down for a fair race!!”