FIS World Championships: Vonn crashes out in women’s super-G
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At the ongoing FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships at the Swedish resort of Arè, all eyes were on the retiring legend Lindsey Vonn and her much-anticipated women's super-G showdown against fellow American Mikaela Shiffrin on Tuesday.

However, much to the disappointment of the fans of the former Olympic and world champion, 34-year-old Vonn ended up crashing out during her pet event while Shiffrin went on to grab the gold.

Earlier, 2014 junior world champion Switzerland's Corinne Suter finished in one minute, 4.94 seconds to secure bronze. She was followed by the downhill gold medalist from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Sofia Goggia of Italy, who crossed the Line three-one hundredths of a second faster to claim silver.

Mikaela Shiffrin from the U.S. wins the women's Super G event of the 2019 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships at the National Arena in Are, Sweden, February 5, 2019. /VCG Photo

Mikaela Shiffrin from the U.S. wins the women's Super G event of the 2019 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships at the National Arena in Are, Sweden, February 5, 2019. /VCG Photo

Then all eyes were on Shiffrin, winner of three world titles in the slalom, as she was seeking her first in the super-G. The 23-year-old made her way through the course in a time of one minute, 4.89 seconds, to lay down the best mark in this event's opening race.

Then Vonn's hopes of upstaging her compatriot were wiped out as she hit a gate and crashed off the course. After a bit of early concern, the fans started cheering for the legend when they realized that she was not injured and a motivated Vonn completed the run even though her podium hopes were shattered. 

Shiffrin greeted her one-time mentor with a hug at the finish line before celebrating her own success atop the podium.

Lindsey Vonn (C) of the U.S. gets help after she crashed during the women's Super G event of the 2019 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships at the National Arena in Are, Sweden, February 5, 2019. /VCG Photo

Lindsey Vonn (C) of the U.S. gets help after she crashed during the women's Super G event of the 2019 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships at the National Arena in Are, Sweden, February 5, 2019. /VCG Photo

Vonn said after her disastrous super-G, “I'm really depressed that I won't have the same adrenaline in my life. Yes. I will miss the adrenaline, when I'm injured, it's always what drives me to come back. I need that thrill, and I need to go fast, and like I said, I don't know what's going to fill that void, it's going to be a big void. I don't know. It is depressing. Life without skiing fast is not a happy thought for me.”

The American winter sports icon will retire after Sunday's downhill final.