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.
Full attack after Åre 2019
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.