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LINDSEY VONN TO RETIRE - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Friday October 12, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

The Queen of Speed has announced that she'll hang up her racing skis at the end of the coming season.

The 33-year-old American - widely considered the greatest female ski racer of all time - is chasing the Swede Ingemar Stenmark's long-standing record of 86 World Cup victories.

Her tally currently stands at 82 but now she says she'll quit at the end of the 2018-19 season whether or not she's broken the record.

"This is going to be my last season. Definitely retiring after this year," Vonn said on Thursday.

"If I could break the record that would be amazing.

"If I can't it has been a great ride and I am still the most successful female and I still think that's something to be really proud of."

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Vonn, who holds the record for the most World Cup wins by a woman, previously said she had no intention of stopping racing until she'd broken Stenmark's record, which was set in 1989.

Pyeongchang in February was her last Winter Olympics and she went into it a strong contender to win a couple of gold medals in the downhill and the super G.

She could finish only 6th in an incredible super G - which was won by Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka - and won bronze in the downhill.

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She did, however, win 5 World Cup races in the 2017-18 season, despite a hard crash at Lake Louise in November 2017.

During her career she's suffered a number of serious injuries.

She tore her anterior cruciate ligament in 2007, and has since had frequent knee ligament injuries as well as broken bones.

Injury prevented her competing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics where she had hoped to defend her downhill title from Vancouver 2010.

Her decision to retire early means Vonn is very unlikely to achieve her long-held ambition to race against men.


Vonn explained her decision to quit to NBC Sport writer, Nick Zaccardi.

"Physically, I've gotten to the point where it doesn't make sense," Vonn said.

"I really would like to be active when I'm older, so I have to look to the future and not just be so focused on what's in front of me."

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On Twitter after her announcement, Vonn said:  "My experiences on the slopes have helped shape me into who I am today. I'm confident those same lessons will pay off as I begin to explore what's next for my career."
Vonn plans to race every downhill and super-G in 2018-19 in her efforts to break the the 30-year-old record.

Although she has raced in selected giant slalom and slalom races in the past, she will focus on the speed disciplines this winter, with the first race of her final season at Lake Louise in Canada on 30th November.

Who's betting against her clocking up victory number 83?

Watch Lindsey Vonn ski to her 82nd World Cup victory in March 2018:

MAIN PHOTO:  US Ski & Snowboard Team

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