Lindsey Vonn has solely two races remaining on her aching knees.
The ladies’s all-time chief in World Cup wins launched Friday that she will retire from ski racing after this month’s world championships in Sweden.
The 34-year-old Vonn had been planning to retire in December nonetheless modified her plans as a consequence of persistent ache in every of her knees, which she completely realized after failing to finish a race in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, remaining month.
“It’s been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing,” Vonn wrote on Instagram . “I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG (super-G) next week in Are, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career.”
The worlds open with the women’s super-G on Tuesday. The ladies’s downhill is scheduled for Feb. 10.
Vonn’s correct knee is totally damaged from earlier crashes. The American has moreover torn ACLs, suffered fractures near her left knee, broken her ankle, sliced her correct thumb, had a concussion and additional. She’s restricted now to about three runs per day, and her aching physique can’t cope with the workload of various skiers.
“My body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of,” Vonn talked about. “My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen.”
Retiring in Sweden brings Vonn full circle.
She acquired the first two foremost championship medals of her career — two silvers — on the 2007 worlds inside the Swedish resort of Are. Vonn has moreover acquired seven World Cup races in Are, along with two giant slaloms, and has 12 podiums basic.
At remaining season’s World Cup finals in Are, Vonn acquired the downhill and accomplished third inside the super-G.
However, with 82 World Cup wins, Vonn will not have the flexibility to match the final report of 86 held by Swedish good Ingemar Stenmark.
“Honestly, retiring isn’t what upsets me. Retiring without reaching my goal is what will stay with me forever,” Vonn talked about. “However, 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!”