Lindsey Vonn to decide future in coming days
Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, on Jan. 18, 2019. (Marco Trovati / AP)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 6:11AM EST
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy -- Lindsey Vonn is going to take "the next couple/few days" to decide her future.
Battling pain in both of her knees and after failing to finish better than ninth in three races this weekend, Vonn said Sunday that immediate retirement from ski racing "is a possibility."
A message from U.S. Ski Team spokeswoman Megan Harrod on Monday says Vonn "is going to take the next couple/few days to think about how she will proceed and process everything, and then decide about how she will move forward based on that."
Vonn had been out all season with a left knee injury and she has also had numerous injuries to her right knee during her record-breaking career.
The 34-year-old Vonn raced over the weekend with braces on both of her knees.
Vonn had been planning on retiring in December and she was hoping to compete in one last major championship, the worlds in Are, Sweden, next month.
She has 82 World Cup victories -- best all-time among women -- and four fewer than record-holder Ingemar Stenmark.
"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," Vonn said Sunday. "There's only so much I can handle and I might have reached my maximum."