Meantime, the United States were dumped out of the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament Wednesday, losing 3-2 to the undefeated Czechs in the quarterfinals.
They entered Wednesday's race as favorites for the gold medal.
The form book suggests there is little to choose between the world's top two women downhill skiers ahead of Wednesday's Olympic race at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
Lindsey Vonn prefers not to dwell on what shapes up as a significant story line for the women's downhill at the Pyeongchang Games.
Riding a conservative line up top and then letting it rip in the middle and bottom of the almost 1.75 mile-long course, Goggia roared to Olympic gold in 1:39.22. Mowinckel said, "It's good to be the underdog!"
Shiffrin, who won gold in the giant slalom last week, felt she had a better chance to medal in the combined event and wanted to focus her week on those preparations. "But I'm proud to be competing for my country, giving it all - and proud to come away with a medal".
This is Vonn's third career Olympic medal.
Vonn's race gives her three medals in four Olympic appearances. "Sofia just skied better than I did", Vonn said. Laurenne Ross finished 15th. Usually I'm pretty chaotic (but) I focused on all the tiny things I had to perform to do my downhill. It did not work out and she finished sixth. In 2010, she also won bronze in the Super-G event. And 18-year-old Karen Chen needed to put her hand on the ice to keep from falling.
Italy's Sofia Goggia celebrates during the victory ceremony of the women's Downhill. All the same, they are, genuinely, friends.
When it comes to the question of continuing in the sport or not, she said it is not a matter of motivation or desire but purely whether her knee can cope. She said she feels strong and reported no issues with her right knee.
"When I push off from the starting gate the world disappears, it doesn't matter, it doesn't count if you have pain or not. I don't think that there are a lot of people now in our government that do that". "I made a mistake at the bottom, but that's Super-G".
For Lindsey Vonn, this might be it.
"There had to be a lot of emotion in today's race, and that finally released at the finish", he added. "And I think I still haven't realized I am winning the gold medal in the downhill".
"She asked me how to deal with the pressure and expectation and I told her, which probably helped her", Vonn said after finishing third.
"I thought I skied really well".
"There were a few turns where I didn't quite get the line, didn't quite carve it out enough, didn't quite trust myself but overall I am really stoked with today", said Small, who had been battling a head cold. "But I have no regrets". Kildow said he'll be there to watch and he made it clear he thinks he could be watching his daughter compete for quite some time.
Had it not been for the ACL tear, PyeongChang would have been her fifth Olympics.
"It's about me and my skiing and not the others".
"Oh yeah, I love what I do. But my body can't take four more years", she said.
"I'm very proud to hold the American flag on the podium". Proud to have given it my all.