01/21 10:47 CST 'So much to process': Vonn to decide future in coming days
'So much to process': Vonn to decide future in coming days
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) --- Lindsey Vonn has "so much to process" that
she is going to take a few days to decide her future.
Battling pain her knees and after failing to finish better than ninth in three
races this weekend, Vonn said on Sunday that immediate retirement from ski
racing "is a possibility."
A message from U.S. Ski Team spokeswoman Megan Harrod on Monday says 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
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 her knees.
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.
"I have so much to process but before I do that I need to thank @cortinaclassic
for all of the love and support this weekend," Vonn tweeted on Monday. "From
the organizers, to the fans, and even the journalists; everyone was so kind to
me in my emotional state. And above all, thank you to the athletes who were
thoughtful enough to comfort me, you made my last run in cortina so special."
Vonn has 82 World Cup victories --- best all-time among 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 on Sunday.
"There's only so much I can handle and I might have reached my maximum."
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