Lindsey Vonn, The Greatest US Woman Skier Of All Time, Announces Retirement

Lindsey Vonn has announced that she will be retiring from skiing after the upcoming world championships in Sweden this week.

With 82 World Cup Race victories, Vonn was aiming to break the record which Ingemar Stenmark currently holds, at 86 wins. However, in October she announced that the 2018-19 World Cup season, where she will ski the downhill and super-G, would mark the end of her 19-year skiing career.

In an Instagram post this Friday, the athlete wrote that she will “compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG next week in Åre, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career.” She wrote that this was the “hardest decision” of her life, but she has accepted that she cannot continue skiing anymore.

 

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Vonn admitted that she underwent surgery in spring, but decided not to reveal that because she “never wanted the storyline of [her] career to be about injuries.”

She continued to explain the extent of her injuries, writing that a large portion of her cartilage has been removed during surgery, and a crash in Lake Louis the previous year was far more severe than she let on but she continued to race because she wanted to win a medal in the Olympics for her late grandfather.

But despite making a recovery in the summer, she had another crash in Cooper which injured her left knee, and wrote that she is retiring because despite “extensive therapy, training and a knee brace, I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can.”

 

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“My body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of,” the athlete said, adding:

I can look back at 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, 3 Olympic medals, 7 World Championship medals and say that I have accomplished something that no other woman in HISTORY has ever done, and that is something that I will be proud of FOREVER!

Vonn is regarded to be the greatest US woman skier of all time, as well as the most successful alpine World Cup woman skier in the world.

 

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