‘It’s time to say goodbye’: Lindsey Vonn hints at immediate retirement

first_imgVonn was in contention for a podium spot at Cortina D’Ampezzo until a slight bobble bounced her slightly off track. Then she clipped a gate and couldn’t apply pressure on her right leg to force her way back onto the racing line, prompting her to miss the next gate. With that, Vonn stood up out of her tuck, hung her head and skied diagonally off the course.“I’ve had four surgeries on my right knee. I’ve got no LCL [lateral collateral ligament] on my left knee. I’ve got two braces on. There’s only so much I can handle and I might have reached my maximum,” Vonn said. “I’m not sure. I’ve got to take a couple days’ time and really think about things.”Vonn was planning on retiring in December. She returned this weekend from her latest injury to her left knee but her best result in three races was ninth in Saturday’s downhill. Vonn needs five more wins to break the all-time World Cup record of 86 victories held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark but that seems like the last thing on her mind now. news Skiing Since you’re here… Lindsey Vonn misses gold but remains the most human of champions Read more Mikaela Shiffrin breaks World Cup record with 36th slalom triumph “I really don’t know what to think at this point,” she said. “Definitely isn’t the way I had hoped that things would go. I’ve been able to fight through a lot of injuries in my career but I think my injuries might get the best of me at this point.”Mikaela Shiffrin, who has replaced Vonn as the top US skier and who is on course for a third straight overall World Cup title, earned her first win in Cortina on Sunday. “When I was younger she was someone I looked up to like crazy,” Shiffrin said of Vonn. “I was doing book reports on her. I was one of those fans.” Lindsey Vonn may have competed in her last ski race. After failing to finish a World Cup super-G on Sunday as she battles pain in both of her knees, Vonn said immediate retirement “is a possibility.”The 34-year-old quickly clarified her comments by adding: “But I’m emotional right now. I have to really think clearly about that. It’s not a decision I make lightly or quickly.” She was more decisive when interviewed by Swiss TV, saying “now it’s time to listen to my body and it’s time to say goodbye.” Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twittercenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share via Email Topics Vonn has won three Olympic medals in her career, including gold in downhill and bronze in super-G at the 2010 Vancouver Games. She missed the 2014 Sochi Games due to injury but returned to take bronze in downhill at last year’s Pyeongchang Games. Support The Guardian US sports Share on Pinterest Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img

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