Winter Olympics 2018: Vonn misses podium in Olympic return as Ledecka claims shock win

American star Lindsey Vonn failed to medal in her first event at the Winter Olympics, finishing sixth in the women's super-G.

Vonn made her Pyeongchang debut on Saturday but she took a back seat to Czech Ester Ledecka, who stunned the field.

Ledecka, 22, posted a time of one minute, 21.11 seconds as the Czech Republic claimed their first medal in the sport, with Austrian defending champion Anna Veith and Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather completing the podium.

Vonn was 0.38secs adrift of the winner in her first Olympic race in eight years.

The 33-year-old came out aggressively and had a clean and near-perfect run -- until the very end. On one of the final turns, Vonn lost her balance and almost fell, but was able to recover and finish strong, however it cost her a medal.

Vonn - the first athlete out of the blocks - was clearly frustrated after her race, finishing with a time of 1:21.49. She threw her hands up at the end and said: "I tried." 

The two-time Olympic medallist won bronze in the super-G and gold in the downhill during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but a knee injury kept her out of competing in Sochi four years ago. 

Vonn will compete in the downhill during Tuesday's coverage of the Winter Games.

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