lindsey-vonn.jpgIn one of the most stirring descents in Olympic downhill skiing history, Lindsey Vonn ignored the pain in her injured shin, chased down her rival and teammate, who was sitting in first place, and caught up to a lifetime of expectations to become the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill.

With an aggressive style and stance she held throughout her run — jaw, hands, knees and hips always angling forward for more speed — Vonn’s time of 1 minute 44.19 seconds on the icy, bumpy, treacherous Whistler race course put the Nevada skier in the lead by more than a half second.

(Continue reading in the New York Times)

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