US Olympic star Lindsey Vonn scatters grandfather's ashes near downhill course

Alpine skiing-Vonn leads Mowinckel after combined downhill, Shiffrin lurks

Michelle Gisin had been perplexed by the slalom for some time, showing a flair for the discipline but rarely putting together an exceptional full run.

Still, by winning silver Thursday, Shiffrin guaranteed the USA its sixth best total of alpine skiing medals in the history of the Games with three.

Lindsey Vonn knew the bronze medal she earned Wednesday came in her final Olympic downhill, the signature event of her singular career.

Gisin won with a combined time of two minutes 20.90, almost a second ahead of pre-race favorite Shiffrin. "I want to say the greatest skier".

And another medal for the Gisin household. "Make more shots than they do", he said. "She gave her all".

"I had a huge smile on my face this morning", Vonn said between legs, adding, "I'm going to give it hell and maybe I can pull out a miracle". This one came in the giant slalom.

Vonn, by contrast, she said she was "extremely proud" to be on the Olympic podium.

"To have two medals at the Olympics - that's insane", Shiffrin said. "I knew I'd have to deliver the slalom of my life to have a chance to get that gold medal".

Vonn had won gold in the downhill in Vancouver in 2010 and claimed bronze in the Super-G, but had to wait eight years to defend her title, after missing out the games in Sochi in 2014 with a serious knee injury.

But then came Holdener's team-mate Gisin, who ripped down a near-faultless run to leapfrog Shiffrin by nearly a second.

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Add another medal to Shiffrin's burgeoning collection. To be on the podium with a friend and teammate?

It prompted another day of celebration for the Gisin family, although Michelle insisted sibling rivalry was not a motivator.

"But I think, honestly, my skis had a lot to do with yesterday's performance, as well", said Vonn, who finished 0.47 seconds behind victor Sofia Goggia of Italy.

Lindsey Vonn was eliminated from the combined event when she clipped a gate.

Vonn finishes the 2018 games with a single bronze medal, in women's downhill.

The reservations didn't show in the downhill portion of the combined, when she had the third-fastest time and trailed leader Lindsey Vonn by 0.77 seconds. But lately, the slalom has been baffling Gisin.

Vonn became the oldest female medallist in alpine skiing at the Olympics when she clinched a bronze medal in the downhill on Tuesday.

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Mirai Nagasu of the United States falls while competing during the Ladies Single Skating Short Program on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

One of the hardest - perhaps the hardest - thing to do at this level of big-time sports is to meet, or beat, the expectation game. "We all put in so much effort on a daily basis with my training, my preparation, making sure that I'm always ready to go when I get in the starting gate, and I have so much to thank to them because I couldn't do this without them and this is as much theirs as it is mine".

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