Legendary American skier Lindsey Vonn went out with a bang this weekend, pocketing one more bronze medal in the last ski race of her career. She had previously crashed in a super-G race just a few days earlier, but true to form, she was back on her feet and even managed to complete the race after receiving medical attention. Vonn’s tenacity has inspired an entire generation of female skiers, including up-and-coming skiing superstars Sofia Goggia and Mikaela Shiffrin. Vonn is famous for always pushing the limits of the sport, having redefined what it means to be a successful female ski racer and having even submitted a bid to race against men in a World Cup race back in 2017.
Vonn added a bronze downhill medal to her collection at the World Championships in Are over the weekend, becoming the oldest female ski racer to earn a medal at the World Championships and the first to win medals at six World Championships. Vonn is the most successful female ski racer ever and retires just a few races short of beating the all-time record for the most World Cup wins, currently held by Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark. Famous for having battled through spectacular crashes and multiple serious knee injuries to keep racing, Vonn is finally calling it a day, saying she doesn’t think it would be wise to keep pushing her body so hard. Vonn’s comeback from her injuries is documented in the 2015 film The Climb.
The FIS Alpine Ski World Championships take place in Are, Sweden this year from February 4-17. Athletes from 74 countries will compete in the disciplines of downhill, super-G, slalom, giant slalom, team event and alpine combined. Britain will be watching Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor, among others, as the country strives to establish itself as one of the world’s great nations in downhill skiing.
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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