Lindsey Vonn To Retire This Year

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Lindsey Vonn To Retire This Year

Luke Schaupeter, Staff Writer

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Lindsey Vonn, a 34 year old champion skier, became the first American woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in the downhill event in 2010. She has won two gold medals at the 2009 World Championships in the downhill and super-G. Her last Olympic appearance in 2018 ended with a bronze medal in the downhill, and sixth place in the super-G. Lindsey Vonn was a champion in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Overall Title four times, in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Despite all of these victories, there is a loss.  Lindsey Vonn is planning to retire on Sunday, February 10. Although this retirement may come earlier than anticipated, as Lindsey crashed in the super-G at the World Championships on February 5, 2019. No injuries have been reported yet, but many people suspect a sprained ankle. Despite this, Lindsey was able to ski the rest of the way down the hill and was met with enthusiastic applause when she arrived at the bottom.

After last season, a season with many crashes, Lindsey said “Over the past few years I have had more injuries and surgeries than I care to admit,”. She has torn ligaments and broken bones over and over again. Despite being forced to retire, she has put a positive spin on it, “Honestly, retiring isn’t what upsets me,” She posted on Facebook, “Retiring without reaching my goal is what will stay with me forever. However, I can look back at 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, 3 Olympic medals, 7 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!” So like Lindsey said, “Please let my story be of comebacks, victories and even injuries, but do not tell my story as one of failures or unreached goals.”.

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