Lindsey Vonn's Olympic dreams dashed in women's super-G

Hanyu magic as snowboarder Ledecka pulls off ski shock

She won a bronze medal in the super-G that year as well as a gold medal in the women's downhill.

NBC primarily showed the women's super-G alpine skiing event, which featured Lindsey Vonn - the biggest American female athlete at the Olympics. She was just one one-hundredth of a second faster than defending champion Anna Veith of Austria and 0.11 faster than Liechenstein's Tina Weirather. Vonn lost feeling in her hand and had her coach duct-tape her ski pole to her mitten, so she could hold it as she raced.

American Lindsey Vonn, who went out first but made a mistake before the final jump and finished sixth, was stunned along with the rest of her rivals.

After battling multiple injuries and missing the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Vonn was trying to become the oldest woman at 33 to ever win an Olympic medal.

Ester Ledecka is better known for her prowess as a snowboarder than as an Alpine skier. I was standing at the start and I said to myself, "This is my dream, at the last Olympics you were here on just a snowboard, now you're here on skis, so go do your best run".

One said: 'Lindsey Vonn said she was going to boycott the White House visit.

Vonn won world titles in both speed disciplines in 2009 but has generally found more success in the downhill, where she has racked up 42 wins and 65 total podiums. In the final stretch, she took a sharp left turn too wide and nearly lost control.

Ledecka's run shocked everyone including the leader, Veith, who turned to someone and said, "How did that happen?" "I think it was a big disadvantage to be honest".

Ledecka finished her race in a leading time of 1 minute and 21.11 seconds.

She is due to race the downhill on Wednesday, and the Alpine Combined on Friday. The "Speed Queen" became the first USA woman to win a downhill gold medal in 2010. I want to keep racing forever.

Vonn has taken additional motivation from the death of her beloved grandfather, Don Kildow, in November.

Vonn was the first skier down the hill in Saturday's event and had a clean run going until a slip with the finish line in sight cost her some time.

Still, don't bet against Vonn competing again, even though she previously claimed that PyeongChang would be her swan song from the slopes.

With 13 seasons behind her and no less than seven major world and Olympic medals and four world cup titles under her belt - including double world gold at Val-d'Isere in 2009 - Vonn embarked on the 2013 season with one goal in mind; equaling but ultimately breaking the 86 win tally of the great Swede Ingemar Stenmark back in 1989 in Aspen, Colorado. There was a little bit of fluff (loose snow) left on the course, and unfortunately I got some headwind in the middle section.

"This is the best day of my skating life", Hanyu said. "She is multi-talented. I followed her, and thought it was a matter of time before she'd end up further in the front".

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