Vonn to retire at end of 2018-19 season
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.”