Vonn ready to bow out of Olympics on a high note

The most successful woman skier in World Cup history, American Lindsey Vonn says she wants to end her Olympic career on a high when she gets her fourth Games underway next week.

The 33-year-old says she intends to compete on the World Cup circuit for one more year as she targets the record number of race wins, in either gender, of 86 set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.

Vonn’s downhill victory in Garmisch on Sunday took her to 81 career World Cup race wins.

Yet when it comes to the Olympics, Vonn has a solitary gold medal, in her favoured downhill, from Vancouver eight years ago.

Lindsey Vonn of USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Downhill 

Injury robbed her of a chance to defend her title in Sochi in 2014 and she is determined to make up for that.

“I want to end on a high note,” she told a press conference on Friday.

“I really want to put an exclamation point on my career. It took me until my third Olympics how to figure out how to deal with the pressure,” said Vonn who made her Olympic debut as a 17-year-old, racing in the combined event, at Salt Lake in 2002.

Vonn says she has slowly learned how to handle the pressure and high expectations that arrive with every Olympics.


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