Lindsey Vonn beat his sport so that only a few Olympic athletes could imagine. She was more than skiing. She was more than medals. She was over to win.
Often she was in the spotlight that appeared on the main and sports magazines, walking with red carpets, mixing with List A celebrities and presenting high-quality sports figures.
The racing driver, who grew up in Minnesota, then moved to Colorado, became an economic name in mountain towns and big cities – people who knew about racing and those who settled in just four years.
But now, with her body attached, it is "broken after repair", Vona is approaching the finish line for the last time. A woman who won more World Cup races than any other woman called it 34. On Friday, she said she was leaving the world championship this month.
"She has done so many things and has overcome so much misfortune in her life, with her injuries and revenge, and failures and vengeance," Tiger Shaw, US ski and snowboard leader, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "Very few people can concentrate and train as hard as she does. We are all excited about what she has done in her career."
Her initial plan was to give up December, after one final payment on the course at Lake Louise, Alberta – the course she won so often has now been named in her honor.
She was forced to retire due to persistent pain in both ways, which she fully understood after being unable to finish the race in Cortina Ampezzo, Italy last month.
Now she is in two races: Women's Super-G on Tuesday in the Swedish resort of Are, and down on February 10th.
Exactly. It's all her knees.
"My body is broken after repair, and I don't let me dream of the last season," Vonn wrote on Instagram. "My body screams me to STOP and it's time to listen.
"It has been emotional for 2 weeks, which was the hardest decision for my life," she wrote, "but I have accepted that I cannot continue the ski race."
Vona's impressive resume: three Olympic medals, including top gold in the 2010 Vancouver Games. Four general World Cup titles. And 82 World Championships wins, leaving her four behind Sweden's Ingemara Stenmarka.
Her off-the-slope portfolio includes: Appears on all pages, ranging from Vogue to Sports Illustrated swimwear, earning sponsorship for companies such as Red Bull, meeting with players like Dwayne Johnson and even being one of her favorite exhibitions. "Law and order". The focus only increased when his dated golf player Tiger Woods. She is now seeing Nashville Predator, defending P.K. Subban.
She is a major social media with 1.6 million Instagram followers.
The recent record from Vonn was secret, but it was too thoughtful when she quoted French philosopher Voltuir: "Every player has to accept the life of the cards he or she is doing: but after they are in hand, he has to decide for himself how to play cards to win the game. "
Translation: She just didn't have more cards. Her painful paths and the winning body finally put the brakes on her heavy charging path.
Vona's right way is damaged from previous crashes. She is a tearful ACL, has suffered fractures at her left knee, broke her ankle, cut her right thumb and had several shocks – to name a few. She's only three times a day, and her body just can't overcome another skier's load.
"Honestly, retirement is not what worries me. Leaving without my goal is what will stay with me forever," said Vonn. "However, I can look back at 82 world championships, 20 world championship titles, 3 Olympic medals, 7 world championship medals, and say that I've done something in the history of other wives I've never done, and I'll be proud of FOREVER ! "
Her first World Cup started on November 18, 2000, in a slalom race in Park City, Utah, and she couldn't qualify for a second trip. She was then Lindsey Kildova before she changed her name to Vonn after being married to a former husband and former coach Tom.
Her first world champion winner came four years later, at a mountain event in Lake Louise.
In Sweden, retirement gives Vonn a full circle. She won the first two major championship medals – two silver – in the 2007 worlds in Area.
As for his remembrance, it is simply US trainer Paul Christopher: her revenge.
"This attitude never gives up is something that anyone can take away," said Christopher. "She has created this character and lived. These are life lessons that everyone can use. Give it to everyone and never give up. It's a very strong legacy."
An associate author Eric Willemsen in Maribor, Slovenia, was involved in the preparation of this report.
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