And since people take some sort of odd satisfaction in kicking people while they're down, the Twitter trolls came out in full force, getting payback over a remark Vonn made regarding Trump last month. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein leads after the opening eight racers. Shortly after finishing and seeing her time, she asked, "How did that happen?" She also took the bronze in the super-G in Vancover.
"I've been through this a few times, I've already won Olympic gold, so I'm not nervous, I don't feel the pressure", Vonn told The Today Show.
Reports spread that Shiffrin, for reasons not yet known, allowed Ledecka to use her skis, and Ledecka used them to ski right to the top of the podium.
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On Thursday, she will switch the skis for her preferred snowboard in the ladies' parallel giant slalom - in doing so becoming the first athlete to compete in both snowboard and skiing at the Olympics.
Veith - who won gold at Sochi 2014 - said that she was pleased with her run and looked forward to congratulating Ledecka.
Then came a devastating upper arm break in November 2016 that required a plate and multiple screws to fix. She seemed to avoid the gusts that affected Italian Sofia Goggia and Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, who raced just before her and saw their intermediate times greatly fluctuate because of the wind.
"There's more equality we need to fight for, and I'm passionate about females getting into sport", Hendrickson, the first-ever women's ski jumping World Cup victor, says.
Ledecka is on pace to win the parallel giant slalom World Cup for the third straight year.
She finished tied for sixth place, and says her focus is now on the downhill. In addition, Yarnold is the first Briton to claim two Winter Olympic golds. The sport connected the three generations.
Lindsey Vonn has a message for the Internet trolls who targeted her Friday night and early Saturday: "If they don't like me ... their loss I guess". She told the New York Times that Ledecka had likely chosen the same type of skis that manufacturer Atomic had provided a number of skiers. I will leave it all out on the hill tomorrow and have no regrets. "This is for my Grandpa!"
"Did God just give her a little nudge off course?" But the waiting continues.
Since skiers ranked in the top 20 in the event are allowed to go first, the race for the medals was considered over.
"Pure Ester", said Justin Reiter, her snowboard coach and a former US Olympian. She has contributed to TeamUSA.org since its inception in 2008.