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Lindsey Vonn fractured her knee in Andorra and despite racing on it the next day, and winning, she has called it a day. She was leading the overall World Cup standings.

The 31-year old American suffered the injury on Saturday while competing in Andorra - we reported on the accident at the time.

But scans have revealed that she suffered three fractures to her tibial plateau.

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It is a bitter blow to the Queen of Speed who is the most successful female alpine ski racer of all time with 76 World Cup wins.

She missed the last Winter Olympics at Sochi in 2014 through injury and is hoping to race at PyenongChang in 2018.

"Because I am currently leading the overall World Cup standings, this is one of the toughest decisions of my career," she said in a statement.

"Further damage to any of the fragments could result in a serious surgery that would risk my future in ski racing. With the World Championships in St Moritz next year and the Winter Olympics in South Korea the following year, I cannot take that risk," she added.

She has had a superb season so far with 9 World Cup victories, she broke the World Cup downhill win record and the World Cup Super G podium record.

And she has won the most World Cup discipline titles, 20, of any skier - male or female.

And here is a video of the crash.

Vonn holds a 28-point lead on her main rival for the overall title, the Swiss racer Lara Gut.

Last month Vonn clinched the downhill season-long title last month.

It was her eighth downhill title and she became the first skier to win 20 crystal globes.

There have been a nuber of other high-profile injuries this season to the leading racers. 

In the women's events Anna Fenninger is out and Mikaela Shiffrin injured her ACL earlier in the season.

In the men's events the US racer, Ted Ligety, and Aksul Lund Svindal from Norway have also ruptured their ACLs and are out for the season.

Below we post the full statement from Lindsey Vonn:

"Today I am making the difficult decision to end my season and leave the World Cup circuit due to an injury I suffered last Saturday. Because I am currently leading the Overall World Cup standings, this is one of the toughest decisions of my career.

When I crashed on Saturday in Andorra, I fractured my tibial plateau.

The traditional X-rays that were taken that afternoon showed a hairline fracture, but the tibial plateau appeared to be stable and did not pose significant risk to competing.

So I raced on Sunday.

After the Super Combined on Sunday, I went to Barcelona where more precise MRI and CT equipment was available and scans were performed on Tuesday morning.

Those images showed that there was not just 1 hairline fracture, but in fact 3.

And the fractures are not hairline, but instead they are significant enough that they are not sufficiently stable to permit me to safely continue skiing.

Further damage any of the fragments could result in a serious surgery that would risk my future in ski racing.

With the World Championships in St. Moritz next year and the Winter Olympics in South Korea the following year, I cannot take that risk.

So I have made the decision to end my season.

I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish this year: 9 World Cup victories, breaking the World Cup downhill win record, breaking the World Cup Super G podium record, and winning the most World Cup discipline titles--20--of any skier, male or female.

While I am confident that I'm making the right decision, it still doesn't make this decision any easier.

Thanks to everyone who supported me and stood by me through it all. Best of luck to all the World Cup competitors. I'll see you again next year. "

Here on PlanetSKI we will be updating this story with further reaction shortly.

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