Lindsey Vonn wins bronze medal in downhill in final Olympics

Jeff Passan
MLB columnist

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – American Lindsey Vonn won a bronze medal in the women’s downhill race Wednesday, capping a comeback from a pair of devastating knee injuries that at one point left her career in question.

Following a mistake-flecked sixth-place finish in the Super-G, Vonn rode a clean line at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, finishing .47 seconds behind gold medalist Sofia Goggia of Italy. Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel took silver.

Lindsey Vonn smiles in the finish area after competing in the women’s downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP)

The 33-year-old Vonn, who owns the women’s record for World Cup wins and is on the verge of holding the all-time record, missed the Sochi Games after twice tearing her right ACL. She won gold in downhill and bronze in Super-G at the Vancouver Games, and her bronze in PyeongChang completes a full array of medals.

She’ll have a chance to win one more Thursday, when she and Mikaela Shiffrin, the gold medalist in giant slalom, compete in the alpine combined, which marries the times of a technically difficult slalom run with a speedy downhill run.

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