On Friday, February 16, Lindsey Vonn was vying for history. Racing down a snow-covered slope on Friday, Vonn failed to medal in the super-G, robbing her of her first chance to become the oldest woman ever to win an Olympic medal in skiing. And it's no exaggeration to say that many American skiing fans on social media were pretty bummed out about it.
Vonn, the 33-year-old American skier from St. Paul, Minnesota, is no stranger to Olympics competition. She previously competed in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics, and would have skied at the 2014 Games in Sochi if not for a knee injury. At 29 years of age, her withdrawal from those 2014 Winter Olympics could well have been her last opportunity to compete at the highest level ― after all, no woman her age had ever won an Olympic medal in skiing.
That's still the case, as a costly last-minute skid toward the end of the race cost her precious time, and she was overtaken by subsequent skiers. It won't be her last opportunity to nab a medal at these games, however ― she'll also be competing in the women's alpine combined and the women's downhill ― which helps explain why a lot of her fans still have high hopes for her to bounce back in the remaining two events. Here's how people reacted to her disappointing finish on Twitter.
1. A Massive Mistake
Vonn has publicly acknowledged she’s competing in the memory of her late grandfather, Don Kildow, who passed away in November of last year at 88.
2. Sports Are So Unforgiving
Vonn has been the subject of redemption narratives throughout the 2018 Games, owing to injuries derailing her 2014 bid.
3. Six Seconds Before The Finish Line
Prior to Friday’s race, Vonn was already the owner of a gold medal from the women’s downhill at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
4. Can NOT Wait For The Downhill
Vonn will be hitting the slopes again on Tuesday night in the women's downhill, her second of three chances to secure a medal.
5. Still A Great Chance
Vonn won a bronze in the super-G back in 2010, as compared to the non-medal finish she notched in PyeongChang on Friday.
6. She'll Redeem Herself
Despite this being her fourth Winter Games, Vonn went eight years, from 2010 to 2018, without competing in the Olympics.
7. No Shame In Your Game
Vonn has lived the Olympic experience at very different stages of her life. In her first appearance in Salt Lake City in 2002, she was just 18 years old.
8. Hopefully She Can Medal
Vonn is considered by some skiing analysts as one of the greatest of all time, although her PyeongChang debut did not go smoothly.
9. May Have To Wait
In addition to the downhill, Vonn will also be competing in the women's alpine combined.
It remains to be seen whether Vonn will win any medals in these games, in what are likely the last couple events of her Olympic career. If she'd managed to post a quicker time on Friday, she could have taken some comfort in knowing that she’d definitely be bringing some hardware back home to the United States, following a successful PyeongChang debut.
That, however, was clearly not in the cards, as she failed to finish in the top three, the price of just a couple seconds of a bad, slightly skidding, wide turn towards the end of the race. Once again, if you're hoping to see Vonn win a medal, you'll definitely want to tune into NBC on Tuesday night.