Legendary skier, Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn considers retirement

January 21, 2019 10:30 PM

Lindsey Vonn is going to take "the next couple/few days" to decide her future.

Battling pain in both of her knees and after failing to finish better than ninth in three races this weekend, Vonn said Sunday that immediate retirement from ski racing "is a possibility."

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A message from U.S. Ski Team spokeswoman Megan Harrod on Monday said Vonn "is going to take the next couple/few days to think about how she will proceed and process everything, and then decide about how she will move forward based on that."

Vonn had been out all season with a left knee injury and she has also had numerous injuries to her right knee during her record-breaking career.

The 34-year-old Vonn raced over the weekend with braces on both of her knees.

At six-years-old, Vonn got her first pair of skis at Pierce Skate and Ski in Bloomington. Owner Bart Pierce says it's been great watching Vonn's incredible career over the years.

"It doesn't get easier with age," Pierce said. "It's been a fantastic ride. She should have nothing but to be proud of her accomplishments." 

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Vonn had been planning on retiring in December and she was hoping to compete in one last major championship, the worlds in Are, Sweden, next month.

She has 82 World Cup victories - most all-time amongst women - and four fewer than record-holder, Ingemar Stenmark.

"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," Vonn said Sunday. "There's only so much I can handle and I might have reached my maximum."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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