Vonn: "I reached my golden goal"

Lindsey Vonn came into the Vancouver Olympics hyped up as the likely golden girl of the Games but she left as just one of several skiers to make their mark.


Vonn's German rival Maria Riesch won two golds to her one; fellow American Julia Mancuso shined with two silvers and on the men's team Bode Miller's three medals were the big success story for the US.

But while she was unable to live up to the talk of a 'Vonn-couver Games', the American was happy with her performances on the Whistler slopes.

"I had a great Olympics. I came away with a gold medal and a bronze medal and that's all that I could have asked for," Vonn said.

Those medals were decent reward for Vonn but were inevitably short of some of the projections - such as the hyped up suggestion of five gold medals.

"For me that was never my goal, five gold medals was never my goal," Vonn said.

"Of course I wanted to try and looking back four medals were very realistic but nothing goes the way you want it to, nothing is perfect. All that I could have done and all that I did was to go into the Olympics as best prepared as I could," she added.

Having dominated the speed events on the World Cup circuit, the Minnesota-born skier had won five of the six downhills, Vonn suffered a shin injury in pre-Olympic training in Austria and arrived in Canada worried she might not be able to compete.

While her emotional news conference sent the news networks into overdrive it quickly became apparent that her fears were exaggerated.

Follow the Winter Olympics 24/7 on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and EurosportHD (Sky 412). British Eurosport channels are streamed online via the Eurosport Player.

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