An emotional Lindsey Vonn said she could retire immediately after failing to finish a FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup super-G race that was won by Mikaela Shiffrin in Cortina d’Ampezzo on Sunday.
The legendary American went off course in a technically tricky section after misjudging her line, pulling up after hitting a gate.
Vonn finished 15th and ninth in the Cortina downhill races on Friday and Saturday, respectively, after knee ligament damage delayed her start to the season.
The 34-year-old is due to quit in December, but said the time may have come to end her incredible career due to the pain she is suffering in her knees.
Vonn said retiring now “is a possibility”, before quickly adding: “But I’m emotional right now.
“I have to really think clearly about that. It’s not a decision I make lightly or quickly.”
She said to reporters: “I’ll let you guys know.”
Vonn, who is five victories away from breaking Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time World Cup record of 86, continued: “I’ve had four surgeries on my right knee. I’ve got no LCL (lateral collateral ligament) on my left knee.
“I’ve got two braces on. There’s only so much I can handle and I might have reached my maximum. I’m not sure. I’ve got to take a couple days’ time and really think about things.”
Overall leader Shiffrin continued her super-G dominance, winning by a margin of 0.16 seconds from Tina Weirather, with Tamara Tippler filling the podium.
France’s Clement Noel claimed the first World Cup victory of his career in the Wengen slalom ahead of Manuel Feller, while Marcel Hirscher had to settle for third place.