Lindsey Vonn’s illustrious career will end after the 2018-19 season.
The four-time Olympic alpine skier announced Thursday that this upcoming season will be her last. In an hour-long interview posted on Vonn’s Facebook page, she addressed her past comments on waiting to retire after she breaks Ingemar Stenmark‘s World Cup wins record.
“If I get it (the record), that would be a dream come true,” Vonn said during an event for Chase Ink in Manhattan. “If I don’t, I think I’ve had an incredibly successful career no matter what. I’m still the all-time winningest female skier.”
The 18-year veteran has 82 wins on the circuit, and is just four shy of Stenmark’s record. Although she said after her last Olympic games that she wasn’t going to quit until she got the record, “no matter how much pain I’m in,” her recent injuries have taken a toll.
She’s suffered ACL sprains and tears, along with bruised shins, a concussion and various fractures. Vonn has also sustained cut tendons, an injury she suffered off the slopes while opening a champagne bottle.
“Physically, I’ve gotten to the point where it doesn’t make sense,” Vonn said. “I really would like to be active when I’m older, so I have to look to the future and not just be so focused on what’s in front of me.”
Vonn, who celebrates her 34th birthday on Oct. 18, has already put together a record-breaking resume. She has won four World Cup overall championships, making her one of only two female skiers to complete the feat. In the 2010 Winter Olympics, she became the first ever American woman to win a gold medal in downhill skiing.
In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title, an all-time record among both men and women which passed Stenmark’s previous mark of 19. She also has the second highest super ranking of all skiers, men or women.
Vonn has won a record eight World Cup season titles in downhill (2008–2013, 2015, 2016), five titles in super-G (2009–2012, 2015), and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010–2012)
Yahoo Sports reported that when Vonn is healthy she has approximately seven wins a season — more than enough to pass Stenmark’s record in her final season on the slopes.