Pyeongchang - US
speed queen Lindsey Vonn insisted she would not get sentimental about
what will likely be her last Olympic downhill on Wednesday, saying
instead she felt like "a million bucks" going into the blue riband
Vonn, 33, won the 2010 downhill title in Vancouver, but missed Sochi
through injury. Her outing in the super-G in Pyeongchang, won by Czech
snowboard crossover Ester Ledecka, saw her finish sixth after a big
mistake at the bottom of the course cost her at least a podium spot.
"I feel like a million bucks," the upbeat American said after a second training run on the 2.8km-long Jeongseon course.
Austrian Stephanie Venier topped times with 1:39.75, just ahead
of Italian Sofia Goggia and Vonn, who eased up coming through the line
to finish third.
Vonn has vowed to keep skiing next season in a bid to better Ingemar
Stenmark's World Cup record of 86 victories, but has said it's highly
unlikely she'll make the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
"I'm trying not to think about it," she said. "I'm trying to enjoy literally every second here and enjoy the time with my team.
"I've tried not to think of it as my last Olympic downhill, just
focus on the moment, the right here and the right now. I think later
I'll reflect on how much my teammates and my coaches made it special for
"You can't get too sentimental right now because I still have to race
and I still have to be focused. Afterwards I'll do some reflecting."
All-or-nothing Goggia is a close friend of Vonn's, and the Italian
has shown some fine form on the circuit this season, with two victories
and two second places in the downhill, and also second and third
placings in the super-G.
But the Italian said: "Vonn's definitely the favourite, she has so much experience.
"The favourite is the one who builds the victory before racing in the best way.
"It's not anymore a matter when you have to race in the Olympics on
how you feel or how many training runs you've done, it's how bad you
want it at the start gate and how bad you believe it."
Vonn said she and Goggia shared a friendship based on them being "100 percent crazy".
"It's downhill, it's high speed, it's big air, you really have to
have some guts to send it down, I think that's what I have and what
Sofia has too, that's why I like her so much," Vonn said.
Giant slalom bronze medallist Federica Brignone, also Italian, added:
"On this slope, Lindsey's really the best one and she really can win,
but it's her head that must work perfectly.
"If all works, she's going to win it."
Turning to the slope, Brignone said it was "not so fast, and so easy, even a little boring".
"I would like to see more action, more speed, more difficult spots. The snow is never steep so there's no speed."
Vonn said she was happy with her training run, with room for
improvement in Tuesday's third and final training run before the
"I definitely didn't ski the top very well and lost some time up
there, but I think the middle bit I skied quite well. Maybe I can make
some adjustments on the bottom, I was watching Sofia's run and she skied
a different line in a couple of sections, so I will do some analysing
to see what's actually faster."
Vonn again touched on the virulent Twitter backlash against her for her political opinions.
"I always try and remember that it's people talking behind a computer
and they're going to say anything," she said after accusations that she
is anti-American for her outspoken stance against US President Donald
"The most important thing is that I'm having a good time, I'm enjoying being at the Olympics, my family's here.
"Of course there's going to be people who hate me and hope I ski off a cliff and die, but it's fine I'm not going to do that!"