Watching Lindsey Vonn at the end of Sunday’s downhill race in Are, Sweden, her smile was dazzling, her arms spread into a victory V, she bowed half-humorously to the cheering crowd.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Vonn smile this big in the finish area.
That thought was followed by another, bittersweet one: It’ll be the last time, too.
Vonn had every reason to celebrate.
Her run not only put her in the lead, but, for a while, kept her there.
For a few minutes, it seemed like all of the fates were aligning to give Vonn a final victory in the final race of her career.
In the end, a victory wasn’t meant to be but for Vonn and her fans, it was still a fairytale ending.