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Vonn Wins First Olympic Gold Medal

Posted on: February 21, 2010

Linsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn, an American alpine ski racer, completed her task at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver Canada.  Vonn severely bruised her right shin in a practice run two weeks prior to her first Olympic race.  At first Lindsey could barely walk because the pain was so severe, but that didn’t stop her from winning the downhill race.  She won by more than half a second with a total time of one minute, 44.19 seconds.  The Americans had a 1-2 finish with Julia Mancuso following behind Vonn.  It was the first 1-2 finish in an Olympic Alpine event since 1984.  Elisabeth Goergl from Austria was third, nearly 1 1/2 seconds behind Lindsey Vonn.  “A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders now. I got the gold medal that I came here to get. And now I’m just going to attack every day, with no regrets and no fear.  And, I mean, I’m just happy with one. Anything else from here on out is a bonus,” said Vonn after the downhill race.

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