ARE, Sweden – A final comeback completed. One last medal.
Five days after the crash in the Super-G Lindsey Vonn recovered on Sunday in the final of her career, the bronze medal in the Downhill World Cup.
"I put everything on the line, that's all I wanted to do today," Vonn said. "I have to admit that I was a bit nervous, probably the most nervous I've ever been in my life, and I wanted to be so strong. & # 39; & # 39;
It is a medal that closes the circle: The two silver medals of the American at the 2007 World Championships in Are were the first two major championship medals of her career.
When Vonn crossed the finish line, she smiled widely and waved and bowed to the crowd.
Vonn had planned to retire in December, but recently she raised her plans due to continued pain in her two operated knees. Then she crashed in Super-G on Tuesday and got away with a black eye and a bruised rib.
"Thank you, Lindsey: Forever A Star," read a sign beside the course.
At 34 years and 115 days Vonn was also the oldest woman to win a medal in a world. She surpassed the record of Veronika Velez-Zuzulova in the mixed team event 2017 (32 and 214 days).
As soon as she left the finish line, Vonn hugged the Swedish Ingemar Stenmark, the only female skier to win more World Cup races than Vonn – 86 to 82.
Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec defended her title before the Worlds in 2017, finishing 0.23 seconds ahead of Corinne Suter of Switzerland and 0.49 seconds ahead of Vonn.
Vonn is the first female skier to win medals at six different World Championships. It is also her fifth world downhill medal that matches the record of Annemarie Moser-Proell and Christel Cranz.
Four US flags were in the stands when Vonn came down, and there was a lot of applause as she started with a blue and yellow suit in honor of Stenmark.
An Italian competitor leaned towards Vonn's feet when Vonn was still sitting in the Fiihrer's throne.
While it was snowing heavily three hours before the race, the sky cleared quickly. However, fog and wind forced the organizers to shorten the course to the second start of the reserve.
A shorter course favored Vonn, as the two operated knees were less stressed.