Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn to Retire From Skiing

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn announced Friday that she will retire from skiing in the coming month due to severe injuries in her knees. “After many sleepless nights, I have finally accepted that I cannot continue ski racing. I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and Super-G next week in Åre, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career,” Vonn wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. “Over the past few years I have had more injuries and surgeries than I care to admit,” she added, noting that she’d suffered through delaminated cartilage, an LCL tear, and three fractures in recent years. “Despite extensive therapy, training and a knee brace, I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can,” Vonn continued. “My body is broken beyond repair and it isn't letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen.”

But Vonn ended her post on a positive note. “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 please let my story be of comebacks, victories and even injuries, but do not tell my story as one of failures or unreached goals,” she said, adding that she “Can’t wait to see some of you in the finish in Are where I will give it my all one last time.”