A podium finish brought a fitting close to the career of skiing legend Lindsey Vonn.
Lindsey Vonn brought the curtain down on her career with a bronze medal in the ladies’ downhill at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on Sunday, as Ilka Stuhec defended her title in Are.
Vonn – the most successful female ski racer of all time – is retiring after injuries made competing too hard on her body, something that was not helped by a big crash in the super-G earlier in the week.
But the American was competitive in her final race and briefly led after going third on a shortened course, posting a time of one minute and 2.23 seconds despite a slow start.
The 34-year-old, who boasts a record 82 World Cup wins, survived the challenge of Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia but saw Stuhec go 0.49 seconds quicker.
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Vonn becomes the oldest woman to win a World Championships medal and is also the first female athlete to win a medal at six editions of the competition.
Stuhec, meanwhile, is the first woman to successfully defend the title since Maria Walliser did so in 1989.