Women's downhill skiers win Olympic medals

Joann Johnston
February 21, 2018

China has the potential to spoil South Korea's hope of a sixth gold medal in this event.

The two top skaters going into the event are Russians Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva. The two figure skaters' flawless skates helped the Russians take home silver in the team event. In an even longer streak, she was the No. 1 women's skier in the downhill for eight years, from the 2007/2008 season to 2015/2016. She finished third in the super-G earlier in the Games.

Her win made her the oldest woman to medal in the event at age 33.

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Winning a final Olympic downhill gold was always going to be an uphill climb for Vonn.

Vonn was considered the favorite to win Wednesday.

Since the heroics in 1980, Olympic medals have proved frustratingly hard to come by for the USA, which has reached the final only twice in the intervening 38 years, with both appearances coming after the National Hockey League first allowed its players to compete in 1998. The U.S. beat Finland 5-0, and Canada beat the Russians 5-0.

Yes, the medal was bronze.

Less than a minute later, Donato took a check to the head from Michal Cajkovsky, who was given a five-minute major penalty and a match suspension, after Ladislav Nagy had interfered with US goaltender Ryan Zapolski to draw a two-minute penalty. Neither is planning to participate in the team event Saturday to close out the Alpine skiing program. In Pyeongchang, Norway (led by Marit Bjorgen) came out as the better team, beating Sweden in the 4x5km relay event. They are in the final two heats of the bobsleigh and will be an outside bet for a medal.

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Still, she said she would have raced the downhill if there was still a day off before the combined as scheduled.

Goggia posted a run time of 1:39.22 as the fifth skier down the hill and nobody, including Vonn, who was the seventh starter, could match the 25-year-old's time over the rest of the 39-woman field.

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Vonn also tweeted that Wednesday "will most likely be my last Olympic Downhill race". In the final practice Tuesday, she was fourth fastest, trying different racing lines to see which created the most speed.

Slovakia scored a second-period, power-play goal by Peter Ceresnak through traffic that Zapolski had little chance of stopping. Will be updated after 4 p.m. (0700 GMT) teams meeting. Netherlands finished first in the quarterfinals with a new Olympic record of 2 minutes, 55.61 seconds. St. Cloud State defenseman Will Borgen was a healthy scratch again for the United States. Don't be quick to rule out Japan.

It reaffirmed the fine form she has shown on the World Cup circuit this season, with two victories and two second places in the downhill, and also second and third placings in the super-G.

Goggia was fifth out of the starting gate, and turned in a near flawless run.

After a goalless first 20 minutes, second-period strikes from Ryan Donato, James Wisniewski and Mark Arcobello saw the US race into a 3-0 lead against a side it had beaten 2-1 in the group stage last week. Because I wouldn't be the same person that I am today.

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