She wants to ski one more season to pursue Ingemar Stenmark's record 86 World Cup victories. She finished in 1 minute, 21.49 seconds, tied for sixth place. "And it didn't quite turn out the way I'd hoped". I gave it everything I had.
The road here wasn't easy.
At age 33, she is trying to become the oldest woman to win an Olympic Alpine medal.
Vonn missed the 2014 Olympics because of a right knee injury suffered at the 2013 world championships and a subsequent re-injury of the knee nine months later while training at Copper Mountain. The campaign cites Williams as a long-term customer of the company, with the sports pro herself emphasising her need for decent sleep. That's the most by any woman and short of only the 86 by Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark.
She has already waited long enough - and ventured down a very bumpy course in the past eight years.
The giant slalom has fewer turns than the slalom does and the course runs a bit wider with more lengthy turns.
Vonn thought 2018 would be the year her grandfather would return to the country he once defended in war. "I know the routine, and I think being older gives me a pretty big advantage, so I'm not anxious about the young guns just yet".
Several Donald Trump supporters were pleased to see Vonn fail to medal and let her hear it over Twitter. Here was a 22-year-old from the historic center of Prague, who for most of her life had been known as the daughter of Janek Ledecky, a Czech pop star most famous for his rock operas. Vonn's coaches seem perplexed at times about how she's managed to get through all of it-the personal loss, the injuries, the paparazzi-level fame. Racing from the 26th position in the field, at a time when the competitors with the three fastest times in the race had begun texting and phoning loved ones to celebrate, Ledecka blew by them all, beating Austria's Anna Veith, the defending Olympic champion in this event, by.01 second, the slimmest measurable margin.
Ledecka was stunned and open-mouthed with disbelief.
Here's the thing: She is a snowboarder by trade. For her, iti wasn't just the medal that was on the line.
Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won the bronze medal.
At the post-race news conference, Ledecka declined to remove her goggles.
"All the other girls didn't risk a lot".
The room roiled with laughter.
Ledecka is far from finished at the Olympics. (She'll be competing next week in the parallel giant slalom.) However, she managed to beat Veith by one hundredth of a second - in borrowed skies from gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, no less - and could hardly believe it.
She is due to race the downhill on Wednesday, and the Alpine Combined on Friday. "I was waiting for it".
Vonn also said she would not visit the White House, either.