No medals so far on Day 8 for Americans

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In Monday's practice run, however, trolls were the least of the 33-year-old American's worries: with all attention focused on the downhill track at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in South Korea.

Vonn has been battling with her emotions since arriving in South Korea, appearing to teeter on the edge of a breakdown in nearly every interview. A devastating knee injury kept her out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Vonn estimated she has spent the equivalent of three years rehabbing from various injuries.

That was until a surprise run by Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel, the 19th racer of the day who finished 0.09 seconds behind Goggia to win the silver, nudged Vonn into third place. "I'll look at the video, but I'm happy with what I did".

At a news conference that followed her upset win, Ledecka wore her ski goggles - "Because I wasn't prepared to be at the ceremony and I don't have makeup on", she said.

EagleVail's Mikaela Shiffrin has decided not to compete in Wednesday's Olympic downhill because of a schedule change that would have compromised her chances in the alpine combined, a strong medal opportunity for her. "My family's here. They love me". I want it too much. "You're not going to be able to win as consistently as you did, you're not going to be able to win as many tournaments or ski races".

"For all the people that say bad things there are ten more that say nice things", she said.

"But I didn't ski stiff or nervous", she added.

But thankfully, the athlete isn't letting the ridicule bring her down as she competes in her last Olympic Games. She also joked that she was optimistic she'd medal, as there were no snowboarders in the race. "It's about me and my skiing and not the others", said the Italian after clinching her first Olympic medal in any discipline. "I'm trying to enjoy literally every second here and enjoy the time with my team."I've tried not to think of it as my last Olympic downhill, just focus on the moment, the right here and the right now". "Sometimes I have a tendency to get too aggressive". She grinned and pointed across the snow at her friend and the race victor, Sofia Goggia of Italy. "I remember when she won in Vancouver and I said, 'I wish one day I can be there, racing at the top.'" She paused.

"I've been in the fences so many times", she said.

With Shiffrin's absence, US teammates Breezy Johnson, Alice McKennis and Laurenne Ross will join Vonn in the downhill.

She will compete in the combined downhill on Wednesday in what could be her final Olympic event.

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