Olympics Update: Lindsey Vonn Is The First American Woman To Win Downhill Gold!

Wed, February 17, 2010 5:59pm EDT by 3 Comments

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Congrats, Lindsey! Despite battling a major shin injury that almost forced you to drop out of the Olympics, you still stole the gold medal – and a major victory for women!

Two-time defending World Cup ski champ Lindsey Vonn bruised her right shin so badly Feb. 2 she almost wasn’t able to compete in the Vancouver Olympics. But her events were delayed thanks to poor weather conditions, and the Minnesota native had enough time to partially heal, compete AND take home her first gold Feb. 17 — making her the first American woman to ever win downhill gold at the Olympics.

“I’ve worked so hard for this and to be able to get the gold medal is so awesome,” Lindsay, 26, told NBC after the race. “I’ve given up everything for this. It means everything to me. It’s why I work hard, it’s why I’m in the gym everyday.”

Lindsey – who was always favored to win the race even in spite of her injury – finished the 2,939-meter course at Whistler Creekside in 1:44.19, beating teammate Julia Mancuso by more than half a second. This is the third time Americans have placed 1-2 in an Olympic Alpine race.

Lindsey is set to compete in four more events in Vancouver, and even if she doesn’t win another race, she’s still a huge winner in our book!

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