After multiple injuries kept her out of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Lindsey Vonn looked to make a comeback at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Vonn is the most decorated female Alpine skier in the world, with 81 world championship titles and two Olympic medals, which she won during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) November 21, 2017
She hoped to use the Pyeongchang Olympics to add to her collection of medals. She even dedicated her first race, the Super-G Slalom, to her late grandfather, Don Kildow, who was the person to initially teach her how to ski.
NBC produced a video detailing the close bond Vonn had with her grandfather, which aired just before her race on Saturday night:
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 16, 2018
Don passed away at the age of 88 on November 1, 2017.
She tweeted the hashtag “all for my grandpa” just hours before her race:
Tomorrow it’s game time! I will give it everything I have with no regrets. This is for my Grandpa! I have bib # 1 and start time is 11am here so 9pm est. Watch it live on @nbc . #allformyGrandpa ??❤️ #allornothing
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 16, 2018
Unfortunately, Vonn’s first Olympic race in eight years didn’t go according to plan.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 17, 2018
Though the start of her run was nearly perfect, Vonn unfortunately went wide during one of the last turns on the course, which deeply affected her overall time of 1:21.49.
Instead of finishing atop the podium like she would have liked, Vonn ended up tied for sixth.
But despite the disappointment, Vonn kept a good attitude through it all. She took to Twitter again following the race to say:
Frustrating to be so close to the podium and to have made such a big mistake…but that’s ski racing. I’m proud of the way I skied and how I attacked the course. I gave it my all and came up short. That’s life. Now it’s on to the Downhill!
It’s like the 33-year-old said once she got to the bottom of the slope: “I tried.”
Vonn will compete again next week in the Downhill competition.