Lindsey Vonn Wins Gold In Olympic Womens Downhill

WHISTLER, British Columbia — American skier, Lindsey Vonn, won the Olympic downhill on Wednesday, and her American teammate Julia Mancuso won the silver medal in a surprise second place.

Vonn, who has been plagued with a bruised right shin, seemed to have no problem racing down Franz’s Downhill in 1 minute, 44.19 seconds taking her to a gold medal victory for the United States.

“This is everything I’ve wanted and hoped for,” an emotional Vonn said.

Mancuso finished 0.56 seconds behind Vonn, and Elisabeth Goergl of Austria took the bronze medal, 1.46 seconds back.

“She had the weight of the world on her,” said Thomas Vonn, Lindsey’s husband and personal coach. “People were basically hanging the medal around her neck before the start. That’s incredibly hard to deal with.”

“It was one of the most clutch runs I’ve ever seen,” Thomas Vonn said.

Lindsey Vonn is now considered the favorite to win the super-combined race which is scheduled for Thursday.

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