Alpine skiing-Vonn says Cortina might have been her last race

Alpine skiing-Vonn says Cortina might have been her last race
By Reuters

20/01/2019 at 16:38Updated 20/01/2019 at 16:40

Jan 20 (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn, widely regarded as the greatest-ever female Alpine skier, may have taken part in her last race, she said after skiing out of Sunday's super-G in Cortina.

The 34-year-old American, who has been plagued by knee injuries, had planned to continue skiing until the end of this season but, in a tearful interview with Austrian state broadcast ORF, said she might hang up her skis immediately.

Vonn holds the women’s record of 82 World Cup wins and trails only Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark’s long-standing mark of 86.

"I didn't want to stop but with my knee, it's difficult," she said, speaking in German. "The pain is too much... I don't know what else I can do."

Asked if Cortina had been her last race, she switched to English and said: "I think so... but I must think about it."

She later told the U.S. skiing team's official website: "I’m not sure if I can keep going. I have to really think things through the next few days and make some hard decisions." (Writing by Brian Homewood; editing by Clare Fallon)

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