Lindsey Vonn intentionally slowed down during her downhill training run because she didn't want her opponents to know how fast she was going

  • Lindsey Vonn completed her first two training runs for the downhill event on Sunday and Monday at the Winter Olympics.
  • After Vonn failed to medal in the super-G, her training times suggest she will be in a good position to rebound in the downhill.
  • Despite apparently intentionally slowing herself down, she still "won" the first training run and finished third in the second.
  • Vonn later said she was playing mind games with her opponents.

Lindsey Vonn came up short in her first Olympics event, but early signs suggest that won't happen in the ladies' downhill event, despite her own attempts to hide how fast she was really going.

Toward the end of Vonn's second training run on Monday, she came out of her crouch and raised her arms, slowing herself down before the finish line.

Vonn later said she was trying to play mind games with her opponents by concealing her true speed.

"I was trying to slow myself down," Vonn said. "I actually didn't want to win the training run today. I like letting other people think they are faster. In speed there are few things you can do to play mind games, so I use every opportunity."

20 PHOTOS
Lindsey Vonn at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
See Gallery
Lindsey Vonn at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lindsey Vonn of the United States competes during the Alpine Skiing Ladies Super-G on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lindsey Vonn of the United States looks on at the finish during the Alpine Skiing Ladies Super-G on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 18: Lindsey Vonn of the United States starts looks on during the Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill training on day nine of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 18, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn of the United States at a press conference at the Main Press Center on February 9, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Lindsey Vonn of the United States makes a run during Alpine Skiing Ladies' Downhill Training on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiier and The United States enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Lindsey Vonn of the United States and Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway fist bump during Alpine Skiing Ladies' Downhill Training on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Lindsey Vonn of the United States starts a run during Alpine Skiing Ladies' Downhill Training on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Lindsey Vonn of the United States makes a run during Alpine Skiing Ladies' Downhill Training on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
USA's Lindsey Vonn takes part in the 2nd training of the Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
USA's Laurenne Ross (L) speaks with USA's Lindsey Vonn after crossing the finish line of the 2nd training of the Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
USA's Lindsey Vonn follows the 2nd training of the Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lindsey Vonn of the United States competes during the Alpine Skiing Ladies Super-G on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lindsey Vonn (R) of the United States is consoled at the finish during the Ladies Super G Alpine Skiing on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 18: Lindsey Vonn of the United States looks on during the Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill training on day nine of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 18, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lindsey Vonn of the United States applauds at the finish during the Alpine Skiing Ladies Super-G on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lindsey Vonn of USA competes during the Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - USA's Lindsey Vonn reacts after crossing the finish line of the Women's Super-G at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: United States alpine skier Lindsey Vonn attends her press conference at the Main Press Centre during previews ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Downhill Training - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - The visor of Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. is seen. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

It doesn't appear as though it worked too well.

While Vonn did finish third in the second training run, she still posted two of the fastest training run times in the two days combined. She had the fastest time in the first run and still beat 50 of the other 52 racers in the second.

This doesn't mean Vonn is guaranteed the gold, but it does mean she is probably not fooling anybody with her mind games.

30 PHOTOS
Lindsey Vonn through her career
See Gallery
Lindsey Vonn through her career
A smiling Lindsey Vonn talks with reporters after finishing with the best time for the training run of the women's World Cup downhill in Aspen, Colorado December 6, 2007. REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell (UNITED STATES)
Lindsey Vonn from the U.S. skis during the second training of the Women's World Cup Downhill in St. Anton December 19, 2007. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (AUSTRIA)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. reacts in the finish area during the women's Alpine skiing World Cup downhill in Cortina, northern Italy, January 19, 2008. Vonn won the race ahead of Anja Paerson of Sweden and Emily Brydon of Canada. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi ( ITALY )
Switzerland's Catherine Borghi is sprayed with champagne at the finish area during the women's Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill race in the Swiss mountain resort of Crans-Montana March 8, 2008. Borghi placed thirty-ninth in the last race of her career, while Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. won the race ahead of Austria's Renate Goetschl and Nadia Fanchini of Italy. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (Switzerland)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. holds the women's World Cup overall trophy as she poses for the photographers on the podium during the World Cup Alpine ski finals in Bormio March 16, 2008. Vonn won ahead of Nicole Hosp of Austria and Maria Riesch of Germany. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini( ITALY )
Lindsey Vonn from the U.S. takes a jump during a practice for the women's Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill race in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee January 16, 2009. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (AUSTRIA)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. shows her gold medal during the medal ceremony after winning the women's Super G event at the Alpine Skiing World Championships 2009 in the French resort of Val d'Isere February 3, 2009. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (FRANCE)
Lindsey Vonn from the U.S. looks at the scoreboard after she missed a pole during the women's Alpine Ski World Cup slalom race in Ofterschwang March 7, 2009.Sandrine Aubert from France won the race ahead of Frida Hansdotter from Sweden and Austria's Nicole Hosp. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. celebrates her overall Alpine Ski World Cup trophy on the podium after the women's giant slalom race at the Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Are March 14, 2009. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay (SWEDEN)
U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn turns past a gate during training for the women's World Cup downhill alpine skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta, December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake (CANADA SPORT SKIING)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. competes during the women's World Cup super-combined race in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz January 29, 2010. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SKIING)
Gold medalist Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. holds up her country's flag as she celebrates winning the women's Alpine Skiing Downhill race at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (CANADA)
U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn poses with the Gold medal (R) that she won in the women's downhill skiing and the Bronze that she won in the Super-G during the presentation ceremony at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 20, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (CANADA)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. poses with the trophy after winning the women's Alpine Skiing World Cup Super G race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen March 12, 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SKIING)
U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn celebrates backstage with her award for best female U.S. Olympic athlete at the 2010 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT SKIING)
Lindsey Vonn from the U.S. jumps during the women's Alpine skiing downhill World Cup race in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (AUSTRIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. competes during the women's super combined race during the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SKIING)
U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn attends a news conference in the Tyrolean ski resort of Soelden October 20, 2011. The alpine ski World Cup opens with a women's and a men's Giant slalom this weekend in Soelden. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (AUSTRIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING HEADSHOT)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. smiles after winning the women's Alpine skiing World Cup super combined race in St.Moritz January 27, 2012. Vonn won the competition ahead of second placed Tina Maze of Slovenia and third placed Nicole Hosp of Austria. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SKIING PROFILE)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. celebrates her 50th World Cup victory together with head coach Alex Hoedlmoser after winning the women's Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill on the Kandahar course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen February 4, 2012. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Lindsey Vonn from the U.S. lies in the snow in the finish area after the women's World Cup giant slalom race at the Alpine ski World Cup finals in Schladming March 18, 2012. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (AUSTRIA)
Lindsey Vonn (R) of the U.S. embraces Laurenne Ross of the U.S. in the finish area after the women's Alpine skiing World Cup Super-G race at the Corviglia in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz December 8, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SKIING)
Golfer Tiger Woods arrives with skier Lindsey Vonn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" in New York, May 6, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION SPORT)
U.S. olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn has her picture taken with former U.S. President George W. Bush at the opening ceremony before the opening Four-ball matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. smiles after winning the women's World Cup Downhill skiing race in Val d'Isere, French Alps, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SKIING HEADSHOT)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. holds the Globe after winning the women's World Cup Super G trophy at the Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Meribel, in the French Alps, March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Pratta
Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn attends Nickelodeon's "Kid's Choice Sports 2015" in Los Angeles July 16, 2015. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
Lindsey Vonn of the US kisses the winner's trophy following the women's Super G race of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Zauchensee, Austria, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing - FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships - Women's Downhill - St. Moritz, Switzerland - 12/2/17 - Lindsey Vonn of the USA reacts in the finish. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn poses for a portrait in New York City, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

NOW WATCH: No one wants to host the Olympics anymore — will they go away?

See Also:

SEE ALSO: The best photos of the Winter Olympics so far

DON'T MISS: The rest of our Winter Olympics coverage

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.