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Lindsey Vonn crashed out in the Super G as her career draws to a close at The 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden. UPDATED



All eyes were on the first race, the Super-G, as the greatest female skier of all-time, Lindsey Vonn, brings here career to a close.

She crashed out dramtically.

The 34-year-old 2009 super-G world champion and four time overall World Cup champion hit a gate in mid air and lost control.

She fell face first down the hill and into the safety barriers.

"I'm just trying to accept the position I'm in and move forward with it," Vonn said after the race.

"I'm hoping Sunday will be a much better day."

And on social media:

"When I said I wanted to make memories in my final races this wasn't exactly what I had in mind.... thankful that nothing worse happened; just a black eye, sore ribs and stiff neck. Thankful I had my airbag on!! (@dainesewinter 🙏🏻❤️) Still one more chance on Sunday in the Downhill, my final race. Knocked down 999 times, stand up 1000 🤷🏼‍♀️#allornothing #onemorerace"

The race was won by the United States star Mikaela Shiffrin who is set to be an even bigger star than Vonn and is already one of the greatest skiers of all time.

The baton has well and truly passed on to the next generation.

However it is now unclear whether Lindsey Vonn will take to the snow in the downhill - some believe she should bow out with grace and not put herself through the mill again risking further injury.

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She has already described her body as "broken beyond repair".

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Vonn's record speaks for itself.

82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, three Olympic medals, seven World Championship medals.

Her goal this season was to surpass the record of 86 World Cup wins held by the legendary Swedish skier, Ingemar Stenmark.

She is currently four short on 82 and will not now take that record.

On Wednesday the World Championships continue with the men's Super-G.

The Norwegian ski racer, Aksel Lund Svindal, is also retiring after this month's World Championships in Are, Sweden.

He has had a 17-year World Cup career and is a four-time Olympic medalist.

"One last big push out the start gate at the World Championships in Åre. After that I'll be watching this great sport from the sidelines," Svindal wrote on Instagram.

Here at PlanetSKI we have found him one of the most exciting skiers of his generation.

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Jack Gower is the first GB Alpine skier to hit the competition piste at this year's World Championships as he takes part in the men's super G on Wednesday.

Gower scored his best super G World Cup result in Kitzbühel at the end of January.

He will be hoping to carry that form through to his World Championships programme which also includes downhill, alpine combined and giant slalom.

He is the only GB skier contesting speed events in Åre with the bulk of the squad lining up in the technical disciplines next week.

The FIS President, Gian Franco Kasper, officially declaring the event open on Monday evening during the Opening Ceremony.

It is the third time that the Swedish village, located in northern Sweden, has hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

The previous editions were in 1954 and 2007.

"We are thrilled to bring the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships back to Are for a third time," said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.

"The Organisers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the athletes will have ideal conditions to show world class performances in their quest for gold.

"The snow conditions are ideal and all of the aspects surrounding the World Championships indicate that Are will indeed inspire not just the athletes at the start, but indeed the entire world to ski."

All in all, nearly 600 athletes representing a record numer of 77 nations will be taking part.

In total there will be 11 medal events; five individual competitions each for men and ladies and the mixed team competition.

There will be plenty of action in the town as all medal ceremonies.

Together with a full entertainment programme, will be held in the heart of Are, only 500 metres walking distance from the National Arena competition venue.

Along the way between the venues there will be various stands to entertain the spectators.

In addition, throughout the town there will be hospitality houses and interactive shows, cultural displays and musical acts.

Elsewhere in the snowsports sporting world medals went to GB's Charlotte Bankes and Izzy Atkin headlined GB's opening weekend of the freestyle skiing and snowboard World Championships in Utah, USA.

See here for our earlier report.

In the men's ski big air, James Woods was unable to reproduce the form which took him to the X-Games podium a week ago.

He and Chris McCormick failed to move through from their heat but still have an opportunity to make amends later this week.

Woods, McCormick and Atkin will all line up tomorrow in qualifying for ski slopestyle, aiming to win through to Wednesday's finals.

Today, Tuesday, will also see Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick compete in the snowboard big air competition.

It will be Coultas' first event since missing out on the Olympic big air final by half a point nearly a year ago, while McCormick is fresh from a career-best World Cup slopestyle performance after finishing eighth at Seiser Alm in January.

On Thursday, freestyle action will move to the halfpipe where Sam Ward and Izzy Atkin's younger sister Zoe will attempt to qualify for Friday's final.


Meraaker NORWAY - Thu 31 January to Sat 2 February

GB Cross Country scored some strong results at this year's Norwegian National Championships in Meraaker over the weekend.

In Thursday's classic races, Andrew Musgrave finished ninth in the men's 15km, while in the ladies' 10km Annika Taylor was 20th and Nichole Bathe 26th.

On Friday, Andrew Young brought back memories of Musgrave's title-winning effort in 2014 when he was tenth in the sprint prologue before winning through to the semis and then final.

Young finished fifth to confirm his sprinting form this season.

Bathe (19th) and Taylor (21st) both qualified through the prologue into the heats but were unable to win through to the semi-finals.

In Saturday's skiathlon, Musgrave was with the leading group for the majority of the race, eventually finishing 16th, while in the women's race Bathe finished 26th.

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