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Lindsay Von retires as the world's most profitable female skier and one of the most adorned Alpine skiers in the history of the United States, ending a career in which she refuses to allow her to delay her. In his last Sunday's race, Vaughn went down the mountain to strong greetings, taking bronze in the fall of the World Cup in Are, Sweden.
The medal on Sunday makes Vaughn the first female skier to win medals in six different world championships, and also fifth time to win a medal in the World Cup.
"I put everything on the line, that's all I wanted to do today," said Wonn. "I have to admit I was a bit nervous, maybe the most nervous I've ever been in my life. I wanted to finish so hard.
The race organizers cut off the morning course because of the fog and wind, which served Vaughn well, as it lowered the pressure on her surgically refurbished knees. Vonn recently announced that he would retire earlier because of his injuries. Initially, she had to put an end to her career in December.
"After a lot of sleepless nights, I finally accepted that I can not continue skiing," Wonn said last week about his decision to retire.
34-year-old Won was the first American woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the descent. Her 82 World Cup victories are the most for every skier – and she withdrew from the races with only four wins that are less than the record of all times of Ingemar Stenmark. Vaughn has won seven medals at the World Championship, including double gold in 2009.
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"I've always pushed the boundaries of skiing and that allowed me to have incredible successes but also dramatic breakdowns," said Vaughn at Instagram's retirement post, effectively summing up a career marked by daring and resilience.
Vonn famously recovered from a catastrophe that devastated her knee in 2013, and she has bounced off broken bones and other injuries during her 18-year career. But she said recent knee problems forced her to make the FIS Alpine Skiing Championship this week in Are, Sweden, her last event.
One year ago, Won wins races and seemed ready to break the Stenmarkt World Cup record. She won a bronze medal in the fall of the Olympics in Pyongyang.
In March 2018, Vonn won a gold medal in Are's downhill and took bronze in the Super-G. The strong show ended a season that included and beat Germany, Italy and France.
Her last Alpine racing season was rude to Vonn, starting in November when she suffered a severe and awkward catastrophe during a Copper Mountain training session, Colo
At that time, Vaughn had a bone injury and a dislocated lateral side knee joint. But she recently said the injuries were more serious than she had revealed, including tear tears and three fractures. Won said she had retained this information and the news that she had surgery last spring because "I never wanted my career history to be related to injuries."
made her stop racing.
"My body is broken and it does not allow me to have the last season I've dreamed of," said Vaughn before going to the World Cup in Sweden. "My body screams at me to STOP and it's time to listen."
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Days after announcing his decision to retire, Won crashed in his latest Super-G race, a dramatic decline that left his fans and colleagues skier. Vaughn went into the air as he approached the gate and sent her to the middle of the panel, not around her. Scopping his skis, Von sprawled in the snow and the net. Several seconds before, she was hurrying up the hill at a speed of about 60 miles per hour, risking the crowd.
A red medical sled was brought in to take Vaughn down the mountain. But instead of using it, the four-time Olympian stood up, judged himself and returned to skiing. After a few minutes, she ran through the rest of the course, waving the crowd.
"I'm too old to break so hard," said Vaughn in an interview with NBC at the bottom of the track. "Oh, man, it's just time to do it, it's like my body is no longer doing what my mind says, and I can not take those risks anymore and break it so hard."
Later she added via Twitter "If your troubles make you stronger, I think I'm a Hulk at this point …."
from black eyes and pain in the ribs of the crash, said that the light had moved on the track, making it difficult to judge the terrain through the glasses it wore. Until now, Vonn's numerous fans, including rivals, have made her enjoy it while she was trying to get the time off the course.
"I was loaded," then Vonn said. "I wanted to put everything on the line.
It was an old Wong, and proof that she was not happy to withdraw quietly into retirement. Being aggressive at the recent world championships in his career, Vonn did what he always did: insisting he was quicker and attacked the course. And if she fell, she always came back.
Vaughn, Allen's daughter and Linda Kildov, went skiing at the age of two. She grew up in the area of twin cities in Minnesota – allowing her to develop her technical skills to Buck Hill's famous program run by ski guru Erich Seiler in Burnsville. At age 12, Vaughn moved to Vail, Colorado, allowing her to practice larger mountains. Five years later he debuted at the 2002 Olympics.
Injuries are often blamed for taking away the chances of Von for more Olympic medals. But it was a dominant force in the world ski track, gaining wide respect for its sporting abilities and stubbornness. Her success, coupled with the sense of personality she brought to the sport, helped Vaughn earn a lucrative approval for Head and Under Armor dealings with Red Bull and Rolex.
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As she continues to win, Won becomes the face of American skiing. Her image was on cover of magazines from Sports Illustrated to Glamor . Its stamina and courage are an example for smaller skiers. Vonn's celebrity reached a new high when she and another elite athlete, golfer Tiger Woods, had been dating for three years. Along the way, it increased the visibility of Alpine skiing and increased its expectations for a US team at an international level. Accordingly, Shiffrin won the Super-G race in which Vonn broke up on Tuesday and the former slalom specialist won his first world title in this speed discipline. Only 23, Shiffrin has won 56 races in the World Cup – is now releasing his third winner.
But on Sunday, it was all about Vaughn, as one of the greatest skiers in the world said good-bye to the sport that had repeatedly broken her body-but whose thrills made her come back for more.
"I will miss the wonderful sense of speed you can only get by racing on a hill on a pair of skis," Wonn told a press conference in Sweden this week. "I still do not know how to make up for this because I will not be able to do it alone without taking my ski card."