Three-time Olympic medallist Lindsey Vonn says she will retire at the end of the upcoming World Cup ski season. Four wins away from tying the all-time World Cup wins record, Lindsey says she’ll retire after the 2018-19 World Cup season – regardless of whether she surpasses Ingemar Stenmark’s record or not.
Vonn had previously said she would not retire until she broke Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record of 86 World Cup victories. The 33-year-old, who won downhill Winter Olympic gold at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, currently has 82.
“If I get it, that would be a dream come true,” she told NBC. “If I don’t, I think I’ve had an incredibly successful career no matter what. I’m still the all-time winningest female skier.”
She also told NBC that she pondered the possibility of continuing on to the 2019-2020 season but ultimately decided her history of injuries would make it difficult to do so.
“Physically, I’ve gotten to the point where it doesn’t make sense,” Vonn said. “I really would like to be active when I’m older, so I have to look to the future and not just be so focused on what’s in front of me.”
Vonn will begin her final season in December at Lake Louise, Alberta and plans to enter every downhill and super-G until she breaks the record.