Neither rain nor snow nor having one good leg will keep Lindsey Vonn off that podium. A scant couple weeks after sustaining a shin injury during a training run, the American slopes star took home the gold in the women’s downhill competition, and sounds as surprised as anyone:
“I’ve worked so hard for this and to be able to get the gold medal is so awesome,” she said. “I’ve given up everything for this. […] I didn’t quite know what to expect at the bottom but I knew I had to keep it together because that’s where I lost the World Cup so I knew I had to keep it together. I’m just so grateful I made it down.”
Fellow American Julia Mancuso took the silver medal; both women will hit the mountain again Thursday morning, at 9:30 a.m. Vancouver time, to compete in the super-combined downhill event.