Unable to complete a race on Sunday because of injuries to both knees, a tearful Lindsey Vonn announced she was considering an immediate retirement from ski racing.
But on Wednesday, Vonn said she hoped she could overcome her injuries and continue racing.
“I am taking things day by day, and we will see what happens,” Vonn wrote on her Instagram account. “I know that I might not get the ending to my career that I had hoped for, but if there is a chance, I will take it.”
Last weekend in Italy, in her first races since injuring her left knee in a November training session, Vonn, who has already had several surgeries on her right knee, struggled to find her form. She finished 15th and ninth in consecutive downhills, and in Sunday’s super-G, she skied off the course without finishing the race after a mishap halfway down.
With heavy braces on both knees, Vonn conceded it might be time to end her career.
“I’ve had four surgeries on my right knee; I’ve got no LCL on my left knee, “ Vonn said, referring to her lateral collateral ligament. “There’s only so much I can handle, and I might have reached my maximum.”
She later said would take a few days off to make a decision, but in a television interview added: “Now it’s time to listen to my body and it’s time to say goodbye.”
Vonn’s 82 World Cup victories are the second most in ski racing history behind Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, who won 86. Vonn hopes to break Stenmark’s record, although she said that this winter would be her last full season on the World Cup circuit. She announced that her final race would be at Lake Louise, in Alberta, Canada, in early December of 2019.
In her social media post, Vonn said she had reinjured her left knee during training for last weekend’s races.
“Now that we know the problem, the next issue is fixing it,” Vonn wrote of the injury. “So far we haven’t found a solution.”
Vonn continued: “However, since this is a new injury per se, I remain hopeful that we can fix it.”
Vonn is in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where there will be downhill and super-G races this weekend. She would have to participate in at least one downhill training run on Thursday or Friday to be allowed to race in the downhill. Vonn said Wednesday that she would skip Thursday’s training run.