Lindsey Vonn Retires Ahead Of Grandvalira FIS World Cup Finals
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Lindsey Vonn, three-time Olympic medalist, has been a household name for a number of years now, but after many sleepless nights she has announced her early retirement from skiing. Vonn announced that she had previously planned to retire after the FIS World Cup Finals in Grandvalira, Andorra but today said that her 'body is broken beyond repair' and is 'screaming to stop'.
After winning gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Vonn seemed to be unstoppable but today she called time on her ski racing career.
"After many sleepless nights, I have accepted I cannot continue," she said. "I will compete at the World Championships in downhill and super-G next week in Are, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career.
"The past two weeks have been some of the most emotionally challenging days of my life. I am struggling with the reality of what my body is telling me versus what my mind and heart believe I'm capable of.
"The unfortunate reality is my mind and body are not on the same page."
The announcement comes after a series of injuries, including a knee injury she picked up in Lake Louise last year. Posting on her social media accounts, Vonn said that this is not the final season she dreamed of.
"I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring.
"A large portion of cartilage that had delaminated from my bone was removed. My crash in Lake Louise last year was much more painful than I let on, but I continued to race because I wanted to win a medal in the Olympics for my late grandfather.
"Again, I rehabbed my way back this summer and I felt better than I had in a long time. Then I crashed in Copper this November and injured my left knee, tearing my LCL plus sustaining three fractures. Despite extensive therapy, training and a knee brace, I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can."
"I can look back at 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, three Olympic medals, seven World Championship medals and say that I have accomplished something that no other woman in HISTORY has ever done, and that is something that I will be proud of FOREVER!"
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