Lindsey Vonn has ended her competitive skiing season because of a fractured leg she suffered during a race over the weekend in Andorra, the Olympian announced Wednesday on social media.
Vonn, 31, fractured her left tibial plateau in a super-G race on Saturday, but ended up racing again Sunday, thinking initially that she had only a hairline fracture, according to NBC Sports
. She discovered Tuesday that the injury was worse than she originally believed.
NBC Sports said that Vonn appeared to be on her way to her fifth World Cup title, 28 points up in the current standings to Lara Gut, of Switzerland. She finished in 13th place in the combined event at Andorra this past weekend, reported CNN
"Today I am making the difficult decision to end my season and leave the World Cup circuit due to an injury I suffered last Saturday," Vonn said on her Instagram post. "Because I am currently leading the overall World Cup standings, this is one of the toughest decisions of my career."
Today I am making the difficult decision to end my season and leave the World Cup circuit due to an injury I suffered last Saturday. Because I am currently leading the Overall World Cup standings, this is one of the toughest decisions of my career. When I crashed on Saturday in Andorra, I fractured my tibial plateau. The traditional X-rays that were taken that afternoon showed a hairline fracture, but the tibial plateau appeared to be stable and did not pose significant risk to competing. So I raced on Sunday. After the Super Combined on Sunday, I went to Barcelona where more precise MRI and CT equipment was available and scans were performed on Tuesday morning. Those images showed that there was not just 1 hairline fracture, but in fact 3. And the fractures are not hairline, but instead they are significant enough that they are not sufficiently stable to permit me to safely continue skiing. Further damage any of the fragments could result in a serious surgery that would risk my future in ski racing. With the World Championships in St. Moritz next year and the Winter Olympics in South Korea the following year, I cannot take that risk. So I have made the decision to end my season. I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish this year: 9 World Cup victories, breaking the World Cup downhill win record, breaking the World Cup Super G podium record, and winning the most World Cup discipline titles--20--of any skier, male or female. While I am confident that I'm making the right decision, it still doesn't make this decision any easier. Thanks to everyone who supported me and stood by me through it all. Best of luck to all the World Cup competitors. I'll see you again next year. Xo LV
Vonn is arguably the most successful female skier in the world, winning a U.S. record 67 World Cup titles, according to her U.S. Ski team biography
. She won the 2010 Olympic downhill gold and super G bronze, noted the biography.
NBC Sports said Vonn was riding high this season, winning eight of the ski season's first nine races in both downhill and super-G through Feb. 6, and was on pace to register her most wins in a season since 2011-12 when she had 12 victories.
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