A Vonn-derful worlds despite only one medal

Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:53pm EST
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By Steve Keating

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn arrived at the alpine ski world championships as the headline act but exited on Thursday having failed to deliver the award winning performance that had been predicted.

With her model looks, famous boyfriend and a resume that includes a record 64 World Cup wins making her the most successful women's skier of all time, Vonn commanded the spotlight at Beaver Creek but failed to shine on home snow.

The 30-year-old American, who calls the Vail Valley home, began the championships with what she described as a disappointing third place in the Super-G and everything went downhill from there.

A fifth place in the downhill was deflating while a disqualification in the combined after straddling a gate left Vonn in tears.

She took her final bow on Thursday with 14th place in the giant slalom but departed with a smile on her face.

"I enjoyed it," said Vonn, assessing her championships. "I think I just maybe wanted to do well too much. No matter how hard I tried, it wasn't working.

"I am still happy with these world championships. I am honored to be racing in front of my home crowd and I am leaving here with a special feeling.

"I didn't get as many medals as everyone expected me to but I am still happy with my performance. At the end of the day, all you can do is your best, and that's certainly what I did."   Continued...

Feb 12, 2015; Beaver Creek, CO, USA; Lindsey Vonn of the United States after run one of the womens giant slalom in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Raptor Racecourse. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports