Vonn završava karijeru: Tijelo mi vrišti da stanem

Američka skijašica, 34-godišnja Lindsey Vonn objavila je u petak kako će po završetku ovogodišnjeg Svjetskog prvenstva u Areu, koje će se održati od 5. do 17. veljače, okončati svoju karijeru zbog brojnih ozljeda koje su joj uništile tijelo.

- Prihvatila sam činjenicu kako ne mogu nastaviti sa skijaškim utrkama. Nastupit ću u spustu i superveleslalomu u Areu i to će biti moje posljednje dvije utrke u karijeri. Tijekom čitave karijere sam davala svoj maksimum u utrkama i to mi je donijelo brojne pobjede, ali i teške padove. Moj pad u Lake Louiseu prošle sezone bio je mnogo bolniji no što sam htjela priznati, ali htjela samo osvojiti medalju na Igrama u Pjongčangu u spomen na pokojnog djeda. Prošlog sam se proljeća morala podvrgnuti još jednoj operaciji koljena zbog koje više ne mogu ulaziti u zavoje onako kako sam prije mogla. Moje se tijelo više ne može u potpunosti oporaviti i stoga nisam u mogućnosti imati posljednju sezonu onakovom kakvu sam sanjala. Moje tijelo vrišti da stanem i vrijeme je da ga poslušam, objavila je Vonn.

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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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Vonn je tijekom bogate i uspješne karijere ostvarila 82 pobjede u Svjetskom kupu čime je najuspješnija skijašica svih vremena, a samo su joj četiri pobjede nedostajale da dostigne rekord legendarnog Šveđanina Ingemara Stenmarka.

Te 82 pobjede osigurale su joj četiri Velika kristalna globusa namijenjena ukupnoj pobjednici Svjetskog kupa te još 16 malih globusa za najbolju skijašicu sezone u pojedinoj disciplini. Usto je osvojila i tri olimpijske medalje, zlato u spustu u Vancouveru 2010. te još dvije bronce u superveleslalomu 2010. i spustu 2018., dok je na svjetskim prvenstvima osvojila dva zlata, tri srebra i dvije bronce.