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Alpine Skiing news - Lindsey Vonn confirms plan to retire at end of season

Vonn confirms plan to retire at end of season

12/10/2018 at 16:55Updated 12/10/2018 at 19:42

Lindsey Vonn has confirmed her plans to retire at the end of the 2018-19 Alipine Skiing season, even if she fails to break the overall record for World Cup wins.

The 33-year-old holds the women's record of 82 World Cup wins and trails only Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark's long-standing mark of 86.

Vonn, who has three Olympic golds to her name including Downhill gold from Vancouver 2010, has long maintained that she would only retire when she passed Stenmark's tally.

"This is going to be my last season. Definitely retiring after this year," Vonn said in New York while moderating a panel on small businesses.

" 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. So we'll just see what happens this year."

Since first tearing her ACL in 2007, Vonn has suffered frequent knee ligament injuries as well as broken bones. She missed the 2014 Sochi Games due to a serious knee injury which she has been managing ever since.

Eurosport documented her return in the Chasing History series, tracking her quest to beat Stenmark's record and then Chasing gold in the run-up to Pyeongchang 2018.

She made it to South Korea and her bronze in the Downhill made her the oldest female alpine skier to win an Olympic medal.

Vonn, who in 2015 founded the education-focused Lindsey Vonn Foundation, said she would turn her attention to launching her own business when she hangs up her skis.

"My experiences on the slopes have helped shape me into who I am today," she said on Twitter.

"I'm confident those same lessons will pay off as I begin to explore what's next for my career."

US Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw hailed Vonn as an icon of world sport.

"The news today that the forthcoming season will be Lindsey's last is to be celebrated," Shaw said.

"We all have a chance to watch an incredible athlete end her glittering competitive ski racing career by writing a record breaking new chapter. That is an appropriate way to pay homage to this chapter of Lindsey's life."

Vonn's final season will kick off in Lake Louise in late November, you can watch it all live on Eurosport and the Eurosport Player.

Additional reporting via Reuters