Eight years after she became the first American woman to win the Olympic downhill title, Vonn admitted that the intervening years had been "full of ups and downs".
In the ice hockey, the women's tournament neared its end as Finland took the bronze medal ahead of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, winning 3-2 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung.
Others departed in embarrassment, if not downright disgrace.
Over coffee last November at Lindsey Vonn's home in Colorado, Sofia Goggia of Italy asked her friend for some advice.
Lindsey Vonn said she "left it all on the line" as she had to settle for bronze in downhill in what is likely to be her final Olympics.
And the Alpine combined is the flawless event to have two of the biggest names in skiing race. She tied for sixth on Saturday in the Super-G.
Vonn wasn't Peyton Manning or John Elway, who won Super Bowls in their last games.
Perhaps the performance confirmed her suspicions that these Games will be her last. My body just can't, probably can't take another four years.
And Vonn has been clear that the only obstacle to her extending her career is the state of her knees. At 33, she's trying to become the oldest woman to win an Olympic alpine medal.
ABC News contributor Steven Nyman, who competed in three Olympics for the US, said Vonn may have been charging too hard in her run. "That's one of the reasons it was so emotional for me today". I love what I do. I'm absolutely going to miss it.
Bradie Tennell 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. "That run today was much more what I was looking for as far as being relaxed goes". "I wish that my body didn't hurt as bad as it does".
As CNN notes, Vonn's knee injury sent her into a depression, so she started to rescue dogs.
Injury ruled Vonn out of Sochi in 2014 and her appearance in Pyeongchang is testament to her professionalism and never-say-die attitude after a series of other devastating injuries.
"It was intense", she said. "I have four. Five, with this", Goggia said with a laugh. But it's all made me who I am.
"But that's what makes life interesting, what makes you appreciate all of the moments like this because I've been through the hard times".
Lindsey Vonn claimed her bronze "felt like gold" in the American's final Winter Olympic downhill of her career. It is so hard to be on the podium in the Olympics. That's the first-ever medal for the US women in cross-country skiing, and only the second for Team USA overall. "You're alone, at that point", he said.
"I'm very proud to hold the American flag on the podium". I was on top of the world then and I still feel like I'm on the world right now because I'm out here doing what I love to do.
"I just saw the middle part of the run, where I was standing", he said. I was also younger. In ski racing age, I'm over the hill.
On Wednesday, Vonn skied mistake-free. Why she marked the occasion by posing with dozens of folks for a group photo near the finish line.
Vonn finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.37 seconds. "I tried so hard and I worked my butt off and I'm so proud to have competed with such wonderful girls", she told NBC. If she had her way, she'd ski forever. "But I still think I made him proud. The Olympic gold medal in Vancouver set the course for my career and I don't think it means any more or any less than this medal now".
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