Lindsey Vonn Went Big And Now She's Going Home A Legend

There was no guarantee it would end like this. And no one knew that better than Vonn.

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 fairy tale ending.