Minnesota's Vonn slips to miss podium in super-G


The American skiing star ended up tied with Italy's Federica Brignone for sixth in the event, which saw the Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka beat Austria's Anna Veith by one one-hundredth for the gold.

"Number one is always very hard, especially in super-G", Vonn told NBC. "I'm really looking forward to the snowboard and I think I should already switch on "snowboard girl" now". You know I attacked. I left it all on the hill.

At a news conference that followed her upset win, Ledecka wore her ski goggles - "Because I wasn't prepared to be at the ceremony and I don't have makeup on", she said.

"I'd like to say a lot but I feel like right now is not the time because I need to focus on my races and thats whats most important to me right now", said Vonn, after clocking the fastest time in the first training run for Wednesdays prestigious downhill.

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Instead, Veith, starting 15th, took the silver medal with a time of 1:21.12, and Lichtenstein's Tina Weirather, starting seventh, won the bronze with a time of 1:21.22.

She created history by becoming the first athlete, male or female, to compete in both snowboard and skiing events at the Winter Olympics. The mistake was enough to keep her out of medal contention. Not only that, but Vonn's last-minute mistake cost her a chance at standing on the podium as she slipped to sixth place. Ledecka's surprise victory in the early afternoon preceding Hanyu was gold medal number 999. She has another shot at winning a medal on Tuesday when she competes in a downhill event.

However, a serious knee injury in October 2015 derailed her career and it seemed the 28-year-old Mrs. Veith was past her peak. But she has refused to specialize in one sport, and she started racing on the World Cup Alpine circuit two years ago. "I was just trying to do my best run", Ledecka said.

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She didn't even own the skis on which she raced - her equipment borrowed from giant slalom gold medallist Mikaela Shiffrin. She holds the women's record for the most world cup wins and is five shy of tying Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark with 86.

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Vonn was late, got too low and went off into the soft snow at the bottom of the course, scrubbing way too much time on the flats before the finish. "I knew it was possible, but I didn't expect it".

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