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WHAT NEXT FOR LINDSEY VONN? - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
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The greatest female skier of all time has ended her career on the podium in a fairytale finish. PlanetSKI pays tribute & looks ahead to her future.

 

Lindsey Vonn ended her glittering career with a brilliant bronze at the Ladies Downhill at the World Championshsips in Åre, Sweden.

In finishing on the podium it proved to be a fairytale ending for 34-year-old Vonn.

She defied her "screaming" body to compete in Sweden and claim a medal at a record sixth world championships.

It was run on a shortened course due to the weather,

"It was so fun. I was the most nervous I've been in my entire life, I wanted to come down and be in the lead, hear the crowd roar, and not crash!" Vonn told Eurosport.

"My family are thankful I didn't end up in the fence today. I am always full tilt and on the limit - I was worried I would charge too hard and not make it down, so I was happy they lowered the start. It made it a little easier for me and my body."

For the record the race was won by the Slovenian, Ilka Stuhec who defended her downhill crown.

But the race will always be remembered for Vonn's bronze.

She might as well have won gold.

Afterwards she was interviewed along side the legendary skier, Ingemar Stenmark.

Her goal this season was to surpass the record of 86 World Cup wins held by Stenmark.

She ends four short on 82.

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Stenmark, 62, is a notoriously shy and private man who is rarely seen on the ski circuit.

But Vonn had urged him to be there for her final race and he obliged.

He also presented flowers to the medalists at the podium ceremony.

"Ingemar being in the finish area was literally the best thing that's ever happened in my life," Vonn said in a finish-area interview with NBCSN's Andrea Joyce.

"At the risk of sounding super desperate, I literally texted him in all caps like, ‘PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE COME.' It meant everything to me. He's kind of a shy guy. I pulled him into the spotlight because he deserves it."

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It has been an emotional few weeks for Vonn as she has been forced to end her ski racing career through injury.

It is something she did not want to do:

"After many sleepless nights, I have accepted I cannot continue," she finally said.

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She started skiing at age 3-years old and competed in her first races at age 7.

She joined the US Ski Team in 2002 when she was 17-years old.

She was born Lindsey Caroline Kildow in 1984 and she married fellow ski racer Thomas Vonn in 2007.

The couple split after four years of marriage, with the divorce finalised in 2013.

Vonn's record speaks for itself.

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

She was the first US woman to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

So, what next for The Queen of Speed?

"Next goal, take on the world," she said at a press conference.

"I'm a driven person... I'm not going to be sitting on the couch, twiddling my thumbs. That would be boring. It's all about pushing myself."

She said she would be setting up her own business.

Last year she attended a four-day course at Harvard Business School.

There is talk of her going into movies, both in front of the camera and behind it.

And then there is the question of a family.

The 34-year old set up her mobile phone on the table in front of her to ensure her boyfriend, Subban, could listen in live.

"Yes, of course, I'd love to have children," she said.

"I'm 34, so I can't wait too long," she added before looking straight down the phone. "You know what I'm saying."

At the moment one thing is for certain - she will not be involved in racing in the immediate future.

"I want to be still here, racing," Vonn said, "I accept that I can't, but I still want to be here.

"If I was going to be involved in skiing at least for the next few years, I think that would just make me even more sad. I need a break. Maybe after time, when I'm older, maybe then I can make my way back."

All of us here at PlanetSKI wish Lindsey Vonn the very, very best.

Oh, and there is another thing for certain - we haven't heard the last of Lindsey Vonn.

Thanks for the memories.

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