Anuncia Lindsey Vonn su retiro luego de los Mundiales en Suecia

Lindsay Vonn terminará su carrera competitiva en la Copa Mundial de Suecia AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh

Lindsey Vonn dice que se retirará de las carreras de esquí después del Campeonato Mundial de este mes en Suecia.

La líder femenina de todos los tiempos en las victorias de la Copa Mundial había planeado retirarse en diciembre, pero cambió sus planes debido al dolor persistente en ambas rodillas, lo cual se dio cuenta por completo después de no haber podido terminar una carrera en Italia el mes pasado.

Escribiendo en Instagram, Vonn dijo que "han sido dos semanas emocionantes al tomar la decisión más difícil de mi vida, pero he aceptado que no puedo continuar con las carreras de esquí. La próxima semana competiré en los Campeonatos del Mundo en Downhill y SG (super-G). en Are, Suecia y serán las carreras finales de mi carrera".

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It's been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing. I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG next week in Åre, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career. I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring. A large portion of cartilage that had delaminated from my bone was removed. My crash in Lake Louise last year was much more painful than I let on, but I continued to race because I wanted to win a medal in the Olympics for my late grandfather. Again, I rehabbed my way back this summer and I felt better than I had in a long time. Then I crashed in Copper this November and injured my left knee, tearing my LCL plus sustaining 3 fractures. Despite extensive therapy, training and a knee brace, I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can. My body is broken beyond repair and it isn't letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it's time for me to listen. Honestly, retiring isn't what upsets me. Retiring without reaching my goal is what will stay with me forever. However, I can look back at 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, 3 Olympic medals, 7 World Championship medals and say that I have accomplished something that no other woman in HISTORY has ever done, and that is something that I will be proud of FOREVER! I always say, "Never give up!" So to all the the kids out there, to my fans who have sent me messages of encouragement to keep going... I need to tell you that I'm not giving up! I'm just starting a new chapter. Don't lose faith in your dreams, keep fighting for what you love, and if you always give everything you have you'll be happy no matter what the outcome. Thank you for the amazing years, for always supporting me, and for making my job so fun. Can't wait to see some of you in the finish in Åre where I will give it my all one last time. Love always, Lindsey

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Los Mundiales se abren con el super-G femenino el martes. El descenso de las mujeres está programado para el 10 de febrero.

Vonn dijo "mi cuerpo está quebrado más allá de la reparación y no me está permitiendo tener la última temporada que soñé. Mi cuerpo me está gritando que se DETENGA y es hora de que escuche".