The 33-year-old American, who is the oldest woman to win a Winter Olympics alpine skiing medal, needed a flawless race but failed to complete the race in the end after missing a gate with one of her skis.
Her sportswomanship is admirable - and so is her self awareness.
The result leaves Shiffrin with two medals from these Games after her gold in giant slalom.
"I was fighting as hard as I could", she said.
"I mean, it's incredible what she's able to accomplish".
Then she skated away, only to nail a series of loops and salchows and flips and lutzes all around the rink. She was only fourth as an overwhelming favorite in slalom after taking gold in giant slalom. She wears his initials "DK" on the side of her helmet as a tribute. "I'm going to give it hell and maybe I can pull out a miracle", Vonn had said prior to the event, via USA Today. "But I know he's watching, and I know that he's going to help me and I'm going to win for him".
She pushed through pain.
"Usually, I'm really chaotic, but I wanted to take in every little detail, every particular in the morning". She pressed her gloves against her face. "I think my injuries made me stronger. I do. You can guarantee that I am going to continue fighting until I get that record", she said.
She's a team player. It shouldn't be a surprise, given that Gisin came up as a slalom racer and captured a silver medal in the combined at the world championships last February.
"I thought I skied really well". That sportsmanship is why even her competitors cheer her on. "And she had a wonderful career - and she is still "having" because it's not over".
Vonn also led after the downhill leg at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
She listens to her body.
With 81 World Cup victories, Vonn needs just six more victories to break the all-time record of 86 held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark. It's sad! This is my last downhill. "I am a racer and I love racing and the Olympics are the pinnacle of our sport and I love it", she said. I've been in the fences so many times, I know so many doctors on a first name basis that it's ridiculous.
"I'm just the old lady trying to hang on for a medal", she told reporters ahead of the slalom. "My body just probably can't take another four years", she said. "My family is proud of me and I'm proud of myself. I'm proud to have given it my all".
Perhaps more to the point would be whether Shiffrin has to make up two seconds. She got Leo, who had been hit by a auto and had a bad knee too, just before her second knee surgery in 2014.
Sitting third after the downhill, Gisin clocked a best time of 2 minutes 20.90 seconds after downhill and slalom runs.
The American wasn't at Sochi in 2014, instead "on the couch, watching", she said, after two operations to fix torn ligaments in her right knee.