Vonn Fails to Finish Final Olympic Race
Mikaela Shiffrin won the silver in same race
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2018 7:08 AM CST
Medalists in the women's combined, from left, United States' Mikaela Shiffrin, silver, Switzerland's Michelle Gisin, gold, and Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, bronze, pose during their medals ceremony at...   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – The slalom portion of the women's Alpine combined was the last race of American star Lindsay Vonn's Olympic career—but the medal went to teammate Mikaela Shiffrin. The 22-year-old won silver after Vonn went off course just 10 seconds into her slalom on Thursday, the AP reports. This was the only race both US stars were taking part in. Gold and bronze went to Swiss skiers Michelle Gisin and Wendy Holdener, respectively. "It's been a great ride. I'll take a lot of great memories with me," said Vonn, 33, who began her Olympic career as a 17-year-old in Salt Lake City in 2002. In other Pyeongchang news:

  • Curler loses medal. Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been stripped of his mixed doubles bronze medal after a doping charge, the Guardian reports. He has dropped his appeal and the medal he won with his wife will now go to the fourth-placed Norwegians.

  • Wise delivers. Freestyle US skier David Wise defended his ski halfpipe title despite issues with his bindings that caused falls on his first two runs, the BBC reports. Fellow American Alex Ferreira took silver, while the bronze went to Nico Porteous, the third New Zealander ever to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.
  • Petition to expel speedskaters. More than 570,000 South Koreans have signed a petition calling for two South Korean speedskaters to be expelled from the Games for unsportsmanlike behavior, the AP reports. In what the petition calls a national "disgrace," Kim Bo-Reum and Park Ji Woo left slower teammate Noh Seon-yeong behind during the women's team pursuit quarterfinals and walked away as Noh sobbed after the race.
  • American bias? NBC has crunched the numbers and discovered that American judges have given US figure skaters like Adam Rippon higher marks than judges from other countries. But they're not likely to be penalized: The NBC analysis found that judges from every other country are just as biased towards their own skaters.
(The US women's team won their first hockey gold in 20 years.)

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