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Lindsey Vonn’s last downhill

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When attempting to summarize Lindsey Vonn’s career, one word comes to mind: speed! 112 of her 137 World Cup podiums have been in downhill and super-G. Lindsey Vonn is the winningest female ski racer of all time with her 82 World Cup wins, only four behind the all-time record held by the Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark. Among her merits are also Olympic and World Championships gold medals and the fact that she one of only seven women who have won in the five traditional FIS World Cup events.

Lindsey Vonn appeared full of aticipation for her new start at her press conference after the Super-G in Åre. Photo: Jan Lundahl.
Lindsey Vonn appeared full of aticipation for her new start at her press conference after the Super-G in Åre. Photo: Jan Lundahl.

This morning, here in Åre, she will be standing in the starting gate for the very last time, as she competes in the ladies’ downhill, the Formula One of ski racing.

What would be more fitting than retire here in Åre where she won her first World Championships medals in 2007?

There are many explanations for Lindsey Vonn’s outstanding career: physical strength, courage and will to win are the foremost. Her uncompromising attitude has been decisive for her ability to come back to the very top time after time after numerous injuries. She also loves speed, perhaps even more than winning. At a recent press conference, she said that’s what she will miss the most after her career.

- Lindsey is a great skier who has struggled with injuries lately. I saw her race the downhill in the alpine combined and although that was just a training run for her, you could tell that she's skiing well. I would not be surprised if she won a medal in the downhill today, said Aksel Lund Svindal during the press conference after the men's downhill.

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In the opening super-G, her skiing looked strong at the start before she crashed in a way that had the crowd in the entire finish area hold their breath. Thankfully she was able to get up and ski down on her own. Later that days she stated that ”it feels like I was hit by a truck but otherwise I am feeling well”. In Friday’s alpine combined, she only raced the downhill part where she finished 8th, a sign that she is ready for yet another comeback – one more time, after one more crash.

- Lindsey has been a great role model for many of us and extremely important for the sport of ski racing, said Maria Pietilä-Holmner, who continued “She is a star both on the slopes and off them, always presentable. She is also a fighter who manages to come back after many severe injuries. She will leave a void that will be difficult to fill!”

Lindsey Vonn is racing to win, she has promised to go all in and ski aggressively but also to enjoy and have fun.

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Lindsey Vonn appeared full of aticipation for her new start at her press conference after the Super-G in Åre. Photo: Jan Lundahl.
Lindsey Vonn appeared full of aticipation for her new start at her press conference after the Super-G in Åre. Photo: Jan Lundahl.
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Still with medals in focus starting her last downhill. Photo: Nisse Schmidt.
Still with medals in focus starting her last downhill. Photo: Nisse Schmidt.
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The crowd supporting Lindsey Vonn inher last World Championships. Photo: Jan Lundahl.
The crowd supporting Lindsey Vonn inher last World Championships. Photo: Jan Lundahl.
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Åre 2019 english
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Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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