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Lindsey Vonn: I didn't want to win in training today

Lindsey Vonn: I didn't want to win in training today

With winds expected to increase later in the week, organizers shifted the women's combined from Friday to Thursday.

That leaves one less serious challenger for Vonn, who brought home a gold medal the last time she competed in this event at the Olympics, in 2010 in Vancouver. "I'd like to say a lot, but I feel like right now is not the time because I need to focus on my races and that's what's most important to me right now".

But there are at least three loyal friends Vonn can always count on - and these ones can't tweet.

Czech Ester Ledecka, who stunned the Alpine world with her victory in the other women's speed race, did not take part in any of the three training sessions as she turned her attention to her snowboard events and so will not be able to compete. The event begins at 8 p.m.

"I like knowing what times my competitors get and how they are skiing so, I will have to see what she gets", Vonn said. "Just focus on the moment, the right here and the right now". I think the terrain just caught me a little bit.

Goggia has spent five years climbing the ranks to now be rated as the best women's downhill skier on the planet, but she lacks the experience of Vonn in the Olympic Games.

That plan seemed overly ambitious, if not unrealistic, and was scrapped nearly immediately after high winds forced several events to be postponed to later days.

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Downhill World Cup leader Sofia Goggia appears to be the main threat to Vonn's hopes and the Italian was not too far off the pace in 1:41.28, the 11th fastest time. The 33-year-old bobsledder is coming off a great season - she won the 2017 world championships in the same discipline. "Feel like a million bucks".

Winner Lindsey Vonn from the United States of America celebrates during the podium ceremony of the FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Downhill on January 20, 2018 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italian Alps. "And I think later I'll reflect on how much I enjoyed it and how much my teammates and my coaches made it special for me", Vonn said ahead of Wednesday's contest.

"I want to represent our country well", she said then. Additionally, she stated she would refuse an invitation to the White House even if she won at Pyeongchang.

"No. 1 hasn't been a good number for me", Vonn said on the eve of her signature race. "At some point you have to laugh and say 'This is just completely ridiculous'".

Her comments predictably led to a massive response on social media, which died down before the Olympics.

"I have so much fun going fast and pushing myself to the limit on downhill skis there is nothing else I would rather do", she said.

Midway through the third period Garrett Roe added an insurance goal, set up by Brian O'Neill, and Donato scored one more time. "My family's here. They love me".