But then, for the second time in less than a week, she did not dominate the slalom.
Today's race did not include Mikaela Shiffrin, the 22-year-old American skier who won gold in the giant slalom earlier at these Olympics.
Her sportswomanship is admirable - and so is her self awareness. At 33, she's already the oldest female Alpine ski racer to earn a medal with her bronze in the downhill on Wednesday. "He's been such a big part of my life, and I really hoped he would be alive to see me, and I know he's watching and I know he's going to help me". She took a series of quick, short breaths, and stamped her feet.
In an emotional post-race interview with Brit skier Chemmy Alcott, Vonn broke down in tears after missing out on the gold.
Known for her slalom prowess, Shiffrin lived up to her reputation and had the third-fastest time in the slalom run and secured her spot on the podium with a two-run time of 2:21.87. She even wears his initials on the side of her helmet. "I'll take a lot of great memories with me", she said. "I know so many doctors on a first-name basis that it's ridiculous".
She pushed through pain. She pressed her gloves against her face.
"She was very exhausted so she preferred not to start today".
CURLING HUMOR: U.S. curler Matt Hamilton exasperated NBC's Trenni Kusnierek when she asked how the team would be able to beat the feared Canadians in their next match. "People really understand conditioning and you have the sports medicine, the physical therapists". They are placed on a competitor because of her talent, her results, her capacity for work - because of the totality of who she is.
"I thought I executed the line perfectly", Vonn said later. "And she had a wonderful career - and she is still "having" because it's not over".
Goggia or Vonn. Vonn or Goggia.
She listens to her body. Lindsey Vonn made a mistake early in the slalom and didn't finish in what's likely her final Winter Games. "Our family never gives up, and I never gave up". "It's sad. It's my last downhill".
"I'm really happy, because I really made a solid run". I have so much fun. I love what I do. "But I think he still is". "I'm proud to have given it my all". "I miss home, I miss the cheese, the chocolate, let's go home", she said.
Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta on her second try of Thursday's shootout to clinch it. Rooney stopped 29 shots in regulation and the 20-minute overtime.
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"We saw each other and she pointed at me, like, 'You again!'" Goggia said.
Indeed, they were. And I'm not going to take a back seat here, either.