Vonn to re­tire at end of 2018-19 sea­son

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Lind­sey Vonn, widely re­garded as the great­est fe­male ski racer of all-time, will re­tire from com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing the 2018-19 sea­son even if she fails to break the record for World Cup wins, the Amer­i­can said on Thurs­day.

The 33-year-old holds the women’s record of 82 World Cup wins and trails only Swedish great Inge­mar Sten­mark’s long­stand­ing mark of 86.

“This is go­ing to be my last sea­son. Def­i­nitely re­tir­ing af­ter this year,” Vonn said in New York while mod­er­at­ing a panel on small busi­nesses.

“If I could break the record that would be amaz­ing, if I can’t it has been a great ride and I am still the most suc­cess­ful fe­male and I still think that’s some­thing to be re­ally proud of.

“So we’ll just see what hap­pens this year.”

Vonn, who in 2015 founded the ed­u­ca­tion­fo­cused Lind­sey Vonn Foun­da­tion, said she would turn her at­ten­tion to launch­ing her own busi­ness when she hangs up her skis.

“My ex­pe­ri­ences on the slopes have helped shape me into who I am to­day,” she said on Twit­ter.

“I’m confident those same lessons will pay off as I be­gin to ex­plore what’s next for my ca­reer.”

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