Lindsey Vonn Rules Women’s Downhill

Lindsey Vonn wins Downhill Gold MedalWhat shin injury? U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn shrugged off a nagging shin injury to win her first gold medal of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The 25-year-old dominated the field in the women’s Downhill, winning in one minute and 44.19 seconds and erasing doubts about her health.

The current World Cup champion thus becomes the first American woman to win a Downhill gold. Teammate Julia Mancuso made it a beautiful day for the American Downhill team as she won the silver medal. Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl settled for the bronze medal, almost one and a half seconds behind Vonn.

A tearful Vonn said that winning the event was “amazing” considering what she had been through over the past months. “I had a lot of ups and downs in my career. Standing here today at the finish, and to win, is amazing,” she said.

Vonn is entered in four more events, including the Super-Combined and the Super-G where she is a favorite to win the gold medal.

Video: Lindsey Vonn on winning the Olympic downhill