It wasn't another gold, but USA’s Lindsey Vonn earned her second Olympic medal with a gutsy bronze in Saturday's Super G. Vonn, who has already clinched the 2010 World Cup Super G discipline title with two races remaining, raced from the 17th spot and cruised to more than a half-second advantage over the field.
She lost critical tenths on the bottom section, however, but still managed to save her spot on the podium and bring a seventh medal to the US Ski Team.
"When I came down to the finish and saw No. 1 next to my name, I thought 'Hopefully, this is another gold medal,'" she said. "Obviously, that wasn't the case, but I did my best, and I'm definitely very, very proud of another Olympic medal,” she said after the competition.
The skier from Vail won gold in the World Championship downhill and super G a year ago, and came into Vancouver with hopes for a medal in both specialties.
"I'm a double Olympic medallist, and that's a pretty cool thing to be able to say, she said." I obviously would have loved to have another gold medal today, but Olympic medals are never very easy to come by."
"I don't have any regrets on any of my races here," Vonn also said. "I definitely gave it everything I had every day. Especially on Super-G, it's difficult. If you look back, you can always find places where you could have made up time, but having only one inspection and no training runs, it's difficult to always know how aggressive you can ski and how the line is going to run and what the speed is going to be. Given the circumstances - a lot of girls had trouble today - and given everything, I think today was a really solid result."
"It’s good to take now a short break and start preparing the coming technical races. I don’t expect anything special but I’ll fight as hard as usual to achieve another strong performance, " the two-time Overall World Cup champion also commented.