Bode Miller, thought-about America’s greatest males’s ski racer, believes Vonn is the easiest skier ever even with out exceeding Stenmark’s doc, significantly since Vonn was the unusual skier who acquired World Cup races in 5 Alpine disciplines: the downhill, super-G, slalom, massive slalom and combined.
Each of Stenmark’s victories bought right here in two events, slalom and massive slalom.
“In my opinion, she is at the top,” Miller knowledgeable Reuters in January. “Stenmark lived in a particular interval and under no circumstances had to deal with the problems Lindsey had to deal with all by way of her career. Even merely the number of races he had in a season was completely totally different to Lindsey.
“Stenmark raced 14 or 15 occasions a season and that’s nowhere close to what she’s had.”
But Vonn’s quest to catch Stenmark this season was derailed on Nov. 19, 2018, when she toppled all through a Colorado teaching session and tore the lateral collateral ligament in her left knee, which had been her good knee. Vonn missed roughly six weeks of races and quite a few alternate options to shut the outlet on Stenmark, along with three races at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, the place Vonn had acquired 18 situations.
She returned to race on Jan. 18 this yr, nonetheless struggled to uncover her form, ending 15th and ninth in successive downhills after which failed to finish a superb-G. She has not raced since.
Seated inside the slopeside Colorado condominium late remaining yr, Vonn continued to fidget with the ice bag on her knee, nonetheless she insisted she was at peace alongside together with her legacy.
“I know it’s time to give up ski racing, but I’m O.K. with that,” she acknowledged. “I’ve already achieved loads of points that no one else has achieved. I tried to be good for the sport, tried to advance ladies’s ski racing and had loads of days I’ll treasure.
“The sport gave all that to me. So I’m good. It’s been a bit unpredictable possibly, however it’s been an important run.”