Re: bronze lining.
He meant that the author of the article was making a word-play with "bronze medal" and "silver lining" in the idiom. That is, she won the bronze medal, which means she could be two steps higher in the podium, but she was happy nonetheless (probably because the medal was unexpected). In contrast, the winner of the silver medal was not so happy, because she had expected the gold one.
Originally Posted by keannu
Last edited by charliedeut; 13-Sep-2012 at 12:20.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.