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SportAmbitious Vonn to 'take on the world' after skiing career

18:40  08 february  2019
18:40  08 february  2019 Source:   ap.org

Her knees 'broken beyond repair,' Vonn retiring after worlds

Her knees 'broken beyond repair,' Vonn retiring after worlds Lindsey Vonn has only two races remaining on her aching knees. The women's all-time leader in World Cup wins announced Friday that she will retire from ski racing after this month's world championships in Sweden. The 34-year-old Vonn had been planning to retire in December but changed her plans because of persistent pain in both of her knees, which she fully realized after failing to finish a race in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, last month "It's been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing," Vonn wrote on Instagram .

Life after skiing is already taking shape for Lindsey Vonn and she has not even competed in her last race. "Next goal, take on the world ," Vonn said Just like it was all or nothing in her record-setting skiing career — and the highlight reel of crashes are testament to that — Vonn intends to immerse

Life after skiing is already taking shape for Lindsey Vonn and she has not even competed in her last race. "Next goal, take on the world ," Vonn said Just like it was all or nothing in her record-setting skiing career — and the highlight reel of crashes are testament to that — Vonn intends to immerse

Ambitious Vonn to 'take on the world' after skiing career © The Associated Press FILE - In this Tuesday, March 20, 2018 file photo, Lindsey Vonn poses for a photo outside the New York Stock Exchange as she arrives for a visit. Lindsey Vonn is planning to “take on the world” after retiring from skiing after the world championships in Sweden. That is set to include becoming a businesswoman, getting into the movie industry _ both behind and in front of the camera _ and becoming a mother. She says one of the reasons she is calling an end to her sports career now is so she doesn’t damage her body even more, to the extent that she wouldn’t be able to go skiing with her own children.2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds

Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds As Mikaela Shiffrin hopped atop the podium to receive another gold medal, Lindsey Vonn was nearby on the sidelines of the finish area, stretching her ailing knees and explaining just how she wound up entangled in a safety net. It was another demonstration of the passing of the baton in American ski racing. Shiffrin won the super-G by 0.02 seconds at the skiing world championships. Vonn crashed in the next-to-last race of her storied career.

Life after skiing is already taking shape for Lindsey Vonn and she has not even competed in her last race. "Next goal, take on the world ," Vonn said, perhaps jokingly — but who'd put it past her? — when discussing what the future holds for her when she retires after the world championships in Sweden.

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Life after skiing is already taking shape for Lindsey Vonn and she has not even competed in her last race.

"Next goal, take on the world," Vonn said, perhaps jokingly — but who'd put it past her? — when discussing what the future holds for her when she retires after the world championships in Sweden.

One thing's for sure: She's unlikely to be slipping out of the limelight.

"I'm a driven person," said Vonn, who has 1.6 million Instagram followers and, at the height of her career in 2013, was worth $3 million, according to Forbes. "I'm not going to be sitting on the couch, twiddling my thumbs. That would be boring. It's all about pushing myself."

Just like it was all or nothing in her record-setting skiing career— her current shiner around her right eye and the highlight reel of crashes are testament to that — Vonn intends to immerse herself in lots of things once she puts away her racing suit.

Crash-victim Vonn again skips downhill training

Crash-victim Vonn again skips downhill training Crash victim Lindsey Vonn skipped the women's third downhill training at the World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, on Thursday. The 34-year-old American, whose last race of her illustrious career is slated to be Sunday's downhill, crashed in Tuesday's super-G. After receiving treatment on sliding with force into the safety netting, Vonn was able to ski down unassisted, later complaining of a black eye, sore neck and ribs.

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She said she'll be setting up her own business, which involves a "new project" that she is keeping under wraps for the moment. Attending a four-day course at Harvard Business School last year was an early signal of her post-skiing intentions.

"I hope one day," Vonn said, "they say, 'OK, she was a skier a long time ago, and now she's a successful businesswoman.'"

That would be a big deal for Vonn, who has previously referred to being "self-conscious about my level of education," having never been to college. Her family moved from Minnesota to Vail, Colorado, when she was 12 to advance her skiing career, and she took online courses to complete her high school education.

Vonn would do well to take some advice from American teammate Ted Ligety, who is also 34 and who founded his ski accessories company , Shred, in 2006.

"It's a whole other world," Ligety told The Associated Press. "It's never easy ... You can't do it yourself. You got to have some help along the way and have some people that know better and that can help you carry out a vision as well."

Vonn baffled by Shiffrin's decision to skip combined

Vonn baffled by Shiffrin's decision to skip combined US ski star Lindsey Vonn admits to being baffled by Mikaela Shiffrin's decision to skip the combined, saying her younger teammate could easily have medalled in, if not won all five disciplines at the World Ski Championships. Shiffrin stormed to gold in Tuesday's super-G, a race in which Vonn crashed, leaving her with a black eye, sore neck and bruised ribs. The 23-year-old Shiffrin is the first and only athlete (male or female) with wins in all six World Cup disciplines of slalom, parallel slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and alpine combined.

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Vonn also is looking to get into the world of movies, both in front of the camera and behind it as an executive producer.

She has already been an extra on one of her favorite shows, "Law & Order," and launched in December her own YouTube channel , LVTV, where she provides weekly lifestyle content on things like health, fitness and cooking.

It's therefore no surprise that being a mother is not immediately on her agenda, but she definitely plans to have kids somewhere down the line. If her boyfriend, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, wasn't already aware of that, he is now.

In her news conference Tuesday after the super-G race at the worlds, Vonn set up her cell phone on the table in front of her to ensure Subban could listen in live.

"Wait, I've got to make sure my boyfriend is here for this," Vonn said, repositioning her phone. "Yes, of course, I'd love to have children.

"I'm 34, so I can't wait too long," she added before looking straight down the phone. "You know what I'm saying."

She said one of the reasons she is calling an end to her sports career now is so she doesn't damage her body even more, to the extent that she wouldn't be able to go skiing with her own children.

Lindsey Vonn's rib 'pops out' in training run for final career race this Sunday

Lindsey Vonn's rib 'pops out' in training run for final career race this Sunday Lindsey Vonn is skiing in the final competition of her career following her retirement announcement last week. 

She'll be making a clean break from the sport, too, after the downhill on Sunday. Not even coaching.

"I want to be still here, racing," Vonn said, "I accept that I can't, but I still want to be here. If I was going to be involved in skiing at least for the next few years, I think that would just make me even more sad. I need a break. Maybe after time, when I'm older, maybe then I can make my way back."

Throw in her foundation and her slew of well-known sponsors that she plans to continue representing and Vonn won't have a problem keeping herself occupied.

Top of the to-do list when she returns to the United States next week will be to have a seventh, and hopefully final, operation on her knee after tearing her lateral collateral ligament in November. During rehab, Vonn will have time to figure out exactly how to attack the next stage in her life.

"My head is still good," she said. "That's all I need at this point."

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