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Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn Scatters Grandfather's Ashes Near Downhill Course

Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn Scatters Grandfather's Ashes Near Downhill Course”

After winning bronze in the downhill, Vonn could not return to the medal stand in the slalom in what was likely her final Olympic race.

In Pyeongchang, after becoming the oldest female Alpine ski racer to earn a medal - a bronze in Wednesday's downhill - Vonn told CNBC the great thing about being American is "we all have the right to our opinions". "I know he's looking out for me, and I think that actually gives me a lot of peace of mind".

"I want so badly to do well for him", Vonn said.

"I miss him so much". With that in mind, the skier made a decision to scatter part of her grandfather's ashes in South Korea.

Vonn received an onslaught of online criticism after she told CNN in December that she hoped to "represent the people of the United States, not the president" at the Olympics.

"But I really hope it only takes one more season because it would be hard for me to continue on after that". Now, every time i ski down the mountain I know you'll be there with me. Later in the day, a group of elderly South Korean men gave her family some gifts and a letter of thanks to mark her grandfather's service during the 1950-53 Korean War.

If PyeongChang is indeed Vonn's last Olympics (she said she's 99.9 percent sure it is), she'll round out her career with three Olympic medals - one gold in downhill (Vancouver) and two bronzes, one in downhill and one in the Super-G (Vancouver). The four-time Olympian said her grandfather was "excited" the 2018 Winter Games were held there and that he even told her stories about his time in South Korea. Alan Kildow said that he scattered his father's ashes as well, in a separate part of the country, and that his father had also been "very favorable" towards the country.

Vonn wasn't able to compete at Sochi 2014 due to an injury.

After her runs, men from a fraternity society in Seoul called the Yongsan Club met with Vonn.

About 37,000 US troops were killed during the war, which ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, technically leaving the Korean Peninsula in a state of war.

"We were starving and we truly suffered lots of difficulties", said Yongsan Club member Kim Soung Soo on his experience during the war, per ESPN.

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