Olympics: Skiing snowboarder shocks Pyeongchang to win super-G gold

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"For me, the last years were so hard and I was pretty nervous because I knew that the super-G was the only discipline where I have a real [medal] chance this time".

It was a fairy tale at the women's super-G in Pyeongchang - but not for Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn told CNN in December: 'I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president.

"I am really proud that my mum and my uncle were able to do that too".

"I attacked. Unfortunately, I got a headwind in the middle section, but I attacked".

The road here wasn't easy.

"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. I wish I had as much athleticism as she has that I could just hop from sport to sport and just, like, win everything.

And there's the heartbreak that includes a divorce in early 2013 and a relationship with Tiger Woods before they split up in 2015.

She'd only started skiing World Cups in February 2016, in fact. She wanted to win another Olympic medal in her long-awaited return to the Games. That's the most by any woman and short of only the 86 by Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark. 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. If the turn had been clean, she would have been in contention for gold.

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The dramatics came long after Vonn finished. Ester is the first athlete to ever compete in both skiing and snowboarding in the Olympics and truly showcased her skills in one of the biggest upsets in Winter Olympic games history. So perhaps then, it made sense why Ledecka refused to remove her goggles at the post-race news conference.

When Anna Veith bettered Tina Weirather's time by one-tenth of a second on the 15th run of the day, it seemed like Austria had kept its gold streak alive in the event.

Ledecka was stunned and open-mouthed with disbelief.

"I was just trying to do my best run". It was a great save, but NBC commentator Bode Miller estimated Vonn's error cost her anywhere from a half a second to eight-tenths of a second.

Instead, it was Ledecka who collected the prized medal.

Ledecka was as shocked as everyone else, asking "how did that happen?" after she saw her time.

The room erupted in laughter. Vonn, 33, will look to become Alpine Skiing's oldest female Olympic medalist with a podium effort.

"It's not like Ester grew up just doing alpine, she has always done both codes and has somehow perfected both sports". "I was waiting for it".

"I'm happy about my run", added the Austrian.


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