Lindsey Vonn: eight years for 100 seconds

JEONGSEON, South Korea — It will take Lindsey Vonn 100 seconds, more or less, to ski the Olympic downhill on Wednesday. It has taken her eight years to get back to this moment. Take it in. Appreciate it. Appreciate — her.

The three training runs here at the Jeongseon downhill course suggest that Vonn is in excellent position for a medal. Of course, in alpine racing, nothing — nothing — can be taken for granted.

Lindsey Vonn after the super-G // Getty Images

Lindsey Vonn after the super-G // Getty Images

When Vonn crosses the finish line, whether she wins gold or any medal, or like her super-G run earlier at these Olympics that left her off the podium, her race will mark the end of an era for American alpine racing. 

“It’s all or nothing,” she said after Tuesday’s training run. “There’s nothing to be nervous about or think about pressure or expectations. Either I win or I lose.”

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