Vonn lost nothing in defeat, though a career haul of three Olympic medals - a gold and two bronzes - in four Olympics hardly reflects her place as the greatest female racer of her generation.
Vonn, likely skiing in her last Winter Olympics, remains unrelenting in her stance, and hopes that social media is used in a more positive way.
Vonn has dedicated these Olympics to her grandfather, Don Kildow, who died in November. Most of us have been injured pretty severely. "I gave it my best shot". I'm very proud. I feel so focused on the day that I haven't realized yet what I've done.
Knight said before this season that Vonn was competing at "50 to 60 percent" of her physical ability.
The last four women's Olympic combineds have been won by just two athletes - Croatia's Janica Kostelic in 2002 and 2006, and Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch in 2010 and 2014. "I think mostly it was intense because I wanted to win for my grandpa".
"I was happy about my skiing", she said. "I love what I do, but my body just can't take another four years".
Goggia became the first female downhill Olympic gold medalist in Italy's history.
The 25-year-old came in 0.09sec ahead of Norway's giant slalom silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel, with Vonn a further 0.42sec adrift.
One after another skier flew down the hill, and it seemed as if Vonn's time might put a silver medal around her neck. Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic made a late charge last week from back in the pack to take the super-G title.
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This particular track suits Goggia's aggressive skiing.
This first-person video will give you a gripping sense of the twists and turns that took Vonn and her fellow Olympic skiers from top to bottom of the legendary Mount Gariwang, on which South Korea spent untold sums to clear some 58,000 trees from a sacred forest for these Olympics.
Goggia and Vonn are close friends, sharing a mutual respect and openly describing themselves as "100 percent crazy" in their pursuit of downhill speed.
Goggia told reporters that Vonn was "the greatest skier". The four-time World Cup overall champion's tally is now 81. On Wednesday, knowing some will relish in her failure to win gold, she had a message for her haters.
"It was an unbelievable day that I will never forget". "Sofia just skied better than I did".
Mikaela Shiffrin didn't race the downhill because of the altered Olympic program.
Vonn, who will compete in the Alpine combined on Friday, called it a "fun ride". The combined adds the times of a downhill and one run of slalom, her specialist discipline.
Yes, there were tears at the thought that she likely won't be able to do this again at the Winter Games.
"It really depends on what Sofia chooses, I'm picking right behind her so I would like to start behind her", she said.