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The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

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Lindsey Vonn Fires Back at Twitter Trolls After Not Winning Medal in First 2018 Olympics Race

'Tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to become better'



    Lindsey Vonn Makes Her Return

    After being delayed due to high winds, the women's super-G got underway in Pyeongchang with Lindsey Vonn leading the pack. Vonn set an initial hard-to-beat pace with a time of 121.49, but was faced with the difficult task of having to wait and watch the rest of the competitors try to beat her time.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 16, 2018)

    Despite not medaling in her first race at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Lindsey Vonn is not letting the trolls get her down.

    The games in Pyeongchang, South Korea mark the fourth Olympics the 33-year-old athlete has competed in. She's the most successful female alpine skier in World Cup history. On Saturday, she failed to medal during the women's Super-G, her first competition at this year's games, and placed sixth.

    This delighted many Twitter users angered by her public criticism of President Donald Trump. Vonn had told CNN in December she hoped to "represent the people of the United States, not the president" at the Olympics, adding that she wouldn't accept an invitation to the White House if she were to win gold at Pyeongchang.

    Twitter user @DonnaMLanglais wrote: "Guess "Lindsey Vonn" won't have worry about declining that Trump invitation to the WH after all!"

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    "Not everyone has to like me but my family loves me and I sleep well at night," Vonn tweeted. "I work hard and try to be the best person I can be. If they don't like me...their loss I guess... Thank you for the support."

    "Tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to become better," she added. "Goodnight."

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    Vonn had won her first and only gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver but did not compete in the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia due to injury.

    At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Vonn will compete next in the women's downhill competition on Wednesday and is also expected to take part in the women's combined skiing contest later in the week.

    "Frustrating to be so close to the podium and to have made such a big mistake...but that's ski racing," Vonn tweeted about her performance on Saturday. "I'm proud of the way I skied and how I attacked the course. I gave it my all and came up short. That's life. Now it's on to the Downhill!"

    She also wrote on Instagram, "Gave it my all today and had one mistake that cost me a medal. I'm not crying or sad because I left my heart on the mountain and that's all I can do. 4 years ago I was watching the Olympics on TV after my second knee surgery and now I'm here racing. Keeping everything in perspective and so proud to be racing for my country. Thank you to everyone who supported me and especially to my family that came all the way here to watch me. Wednesday is the Downhill and I will be ready to give it my all once again. #nevergiveup."

    Prior to competition, she often posts to social media to motivate herself. 

    "Back in the starting gate," she posted to Instagram alongside a video of her training for her next race. "Life is full of peaks and valleys but the focus remains the same. #nevergiveup."

    Despite the positive posts by Vonn, some social media users expressed their disdain for her lack of support for Trump.