Her sportswomanship is admirable - and so is her self awareness. As much as she was hurting after this one, she savored what will nearly surely be her last Olympic medal, even though she will race again Thursday in the combined. She is also the Vancouver downhill gold medalist. The Italian star could still lose her hold on the World Cup title in the downhill when the season wraps up after the Olympics, but Goggia capped her season with the winning run on the world's biggest stage.
Here's what we all can take away from her graceful exit interview. The showdown didn't materialize and the race lost just a bit of luster when Shiffrin decided earlier in the week to skip the event, even though she's now ranked No. 5 the World Cup's downhill standings.
'I struggled to try to keep the emotions together, but I left it all on the mountain like I said I would, ' she added with tears in her eyes.
Goggia was quick to pay tribute to Vonn after claiming her own place in sporting history. "I remember when she won in Vancouver and I said, 'I wish one day I can be there, racing at the top.'" She paused. I thought I executed the line really well.
After the race, Vonn said, "I don't know, maybe I executed a little too well. I know he is too".
She pushed through pain.
"I'm just counting on some medical miracles to extend my career, " she said Tuesday with a grin.
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"Yeah, I'm going to miss the Olympics, that was one of the reasons why it was so emotional for me today." she said. She also told the Associated Press that she credits these physical trials with toughening her up.
"I think social media can be used in a positive way if you're a good person".
She's a team player. "I was really focused". "But, I mean, honestly, this is awesome, and I'm so proud". She came out aggressive and at the first split she was 0.17 behind Italy's Sofia Goggia, who took the initial lead after competing fifth. Vonn even gave Goggia advice over coffee in Colorado a few months ago. Glancing to Sofia Goggia, she wagged her finger in jest - part accepting that she had been vanquished by the faster woman, part understanding that her chance of the second downhill gold that could do justice to her great career had passed.
She listens to her body.
"It's sad. It's my last downhill".
Vonn, one of the most recognisable faces at the Olympics in South Korea, added: "I love what I do, I have so much fun going fast and pushing myself to the limit on downhill skis, there's nothing else I'd rather do". I think, later, I'll reflect on how much I enjoyed it. I love what I do. "But I'm on the podium, so I'm very happy". "She needed to risk more". Don't count her out at Pyeongchang just yet. The downhill run is short - "We should make the downhill longer for sure", Vonn cracked Wednesday - and Shiffrin is so exceptional at slalom that she should be able to make up any deficit easily.
"It was definitely unexpected", Tennell said of her fall on a triple toe loop, "but things happen".