Vonn medals in fi­nal race

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports -

Five days af­ter crash­ing in su­per-G, Lind­sey Vonn bounced back to win the bronze medal in the world cham­pi­onship down­hill in Are, Swe­den, on Sun­day in the fi­nal race of her ca­reer.

“I laid it all on the line. That’s all I wanted to do to­day,” Vonn said. “I have to ad­mit I was a lit­tle bit ner­vous, prob­a­bly the most ner­vous I’ve ever been in my life. I wanted to fin­ish strong so badly.”

It’s a medal that brings Vonn full cir­cle: the Amer­i­can’s two sil­vers at the 2007 worlds on the same course in Are were the first two ma­jor cham­pi­onship medals of her ca­reer.

When Vonn crossed the fin­ish line she had a big smile on her face, waved and bowed to the crowd.

Vonn had been plan­ning on re­tir­ing in De­cem­ber but she re­cently moved up her re­tire­ment plans due to per­sis­tent pain in both of her sur­gi­cally re­paired knees. She then crashed in Tues­day’s su­per-G, com­ing away with a black eye and a bruised rib.

Ilka Stuhec of Slove­nia de­fended her ti­tle from the 2017 worlds, fin­ish­ing 0.23 sec­onds ahead of Corinne Suter of Switzer­land and 0.49 ahead of Vonn.

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