Lindsey Vonn in position to win gold in women's combined

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The women’s combined event represents a literal generational handoff for the United States, a moment when skiing’s present includes one of the most notable figures of its past, in Lindsey Vonn, and one of its brightest future stars, in Mikaela Shiffrin.

The two-part event, held over a tight four-hour timeframe at Jeongseon Resort, puts Vonn and her best event — downhill — against Shiffrin’s expertise in slalom. While neither skier has torn up these Games in their preferred events — Vonn got a bronze in downhill, while Shiffrin placed just off the podium in slalom — both have one final opportunity to leave PyeongChang with more hardware.

The downhill portion of the combined event featured 32 skiers. Vonn took off 13th, and posted a time of 1:39.37, good enough for first place.

Shiffrin followed in the 19th slot, and finished her run with a time of 1:41.35. That was good enough to put her in sixth place.

The event resumes later Thursday afternoon Korean time with the slalom portion.

Lindsey Vonn competes in the women’s combined downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP)

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