Lindsey Vonn’s first Olympic race in eight years ended without a medal as Ester Ledecka won a surprise gold in the super-G. in Pyeongchang.
Vonn, first out of the starting gate, was on a fast run until going too wide on a turn near the bottom to finish tied sixth with Federica Brignone of Italy.
“I thought it was either going to be really great or really bad,” Vonn said. “And it didn’t quite turn out the way I’d hoped. I didn’t really have a choice in the matter so I did the best that I could.
“Just made one mistake, and that cost me a medal.”
At the age 33, Vonn is trying to become the oldest woman to win an Olympic Alpine medal and the American will have another shot to medal in the downhill.
Vonn lost out to Ledecka, who sprang one of the biggest shocks in Winter Games history by winning the event.
Ledecka, a two-time world snowboard gold medallist, whose best World Cup alpine performance was seventh in the Lake Louise downhill in December having made her circuit debut in 2016, was left stunned by her win.
“‘Til today, I thought I am a better snowboarder,” Ledecka said. “I was probably the only snowboarder on site.
“All the other girls didn’t risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run.
“I am so surprised about all of it. I’m really trying to win and do a good run every time, but I didn’t really realise that this really can happen.”