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Olympic Gold medalist Lindsey Vonn fought back tears during an emotional interview after she added another accolade to her resume on Tuesday night (in America), as she took home the bronze in the women’s downhill skiing competition in Pyeongchang.
“It’s been really hard not for me to get emotional, especially because of my grandfather,” Vonn told NBC after the event. The skier’s grandfather died shortly before the Games began and Vonn said she was skiing in his honor. “I wanted to win so much because of him, but I still think I made him proud and our family never gives up. I never gave up … I’m very proud of this medal, and I know he is, too,” she said, battling tears.
“I’m so proud to have competed with such amazing girls,” Vonn said of her competitors and fellow Team USA members.
Confirming speculation, Vonn, 33, said the event was her “last downhill” and that she wished she “could keep going.”
“I’ve had so much fun, I love what I do. But my body can’t take four more years,” she said. “I’m just proud. I’m proud to have competed for my country, I’m proud to have given it my all.”
Watch the video below.
In an emotional post-race interview, @lindseyvonn says that this was her last Olympic downhill and she hopes she made her late grandfather proud. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/YtEpNzDMDu pic.twitter.com/vWhKp5NSGA
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 21, 2018
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