Lindsey Vonn broke down crying after securing the bronze medal in the women’s alpine downhill final during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea on Tuesday, February 20. While being interviewed by NBC, Vonn got emotional and started to cry when asked about her late grandfather, Don Kildow, whom she dedicated her Olympic run to.
"It's been really hard for me not to get emotional for so many reasons, especially because of my grandfather," Vonn, who wore his initials while competing, said. "I wanted to win [the gold] so much because of him, but I still think I made him proud. Our family never gives up and I never gave up. I kept working hard and I'm really proud of this medal and I know he is too."
In an emotional post-race interview, @lindseyvonn says that this was her last Olympic downhill and she hopes she made her late grandfather proud. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/YtEpNzDMDu pic.twitter.com/vWhKp5NSGA— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 21, 2018
The team USA athlete started to cry even harder while reflecting on her career final downhill race.
"I gave this my best shot," she said through tears. "I tried so hard and I worked my butt off. I'm so proud to have competed with such amazing girls. … It's sad. This is my last downhill. I wish I could keep going. I have so much fun. I love what I do. My body probably just can't take another four years."
"I'm proud. I'm proud to have competed for my country. I proud to have given it my all," she concluded. "I'm proud to come away with a medal."
Watch the emotional moment above.