Lindsey Vonn said she's sorry for the hammer attack on her skis that she posted on social media.
The U.S. Olympic skier, who had just won a record 20th World Cup crystal globe title, destroyed her skis with a hammer after one of them detached during a race, and she then posted a video of the outburst on social media, The Associated Press reported.
Vonn later deleted the post and drafted an apology.
"This was a huge mistake born out of the frustrating race I had today and was in no way, shape or form a reflection on the performance of the Head race team and the Head skis and bindings which I race on and which have been instrumental in my success," Vonn said in a statement. "In fact, thank goodness the binding released as it should, preventing a possible injury."
The outburst has caused tension with Head, the sponsor that supplies Vonn’s skis.
"It's a serious thing," Head women's racing director Christian Greber told the AP. "We as a supporter are always trying to do our best to support and help, especially the top athletes, as good as we can. So it was not nice yesterday.”
Vonn came in second in a World Cup downhill race behind Nadia Fanchini, CNN reported
. She failed to finish a race after her ski came off at 80 miles per hour.
Lara Gut of Switzerland won the overall World Cup title.
Vonn also drew attention while doing pull-ups in body paint before a photo shoot for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
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