Alpine Skiing

Skier Lindsey Vonn says documentary brought "closure and finality"

Double Olympic champion has "no regrets", but wishes she could have broken Ingemar Stenmark's World Cup wins record

By Rory Jiwani ·

Lindsey Vonn says the documentary detailing the end of her stellar alpine skiing career helped her come to terms with retirement.

HBO's 'Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season' aired on television in the United States on Tuesday (26 November) nine months after her final race, the World Championship downhill in which she took bronze.

The double Olympic champion suffered numerous injuries in recent years and quit on 82 World Cup wins, four short of Ingemar Stenmark's record.

"I always worked as hard as possible and I have no regrets. I mean, I wish I could have broken the World Cup win record, but I still don't regret doing everything that I did because it led me to where I am now." - Lindsey Vonn speaking to Olympic Channel

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"A sense of closure and finality"

Speaking exclusively to Olympic Channel, Vonn said she reflects on her career with a great deal of pride:

"It's not really about the records so much as how hard I worked to where I got and my family's sacrifices and there is a lot of people who worked very hard to get me to where I am.

"I'm proud of all the work that we put in and, you know, I think the biggest thing is always giving 100 percent.

"I never look back and think that I could have done more or I could have worked harder."

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In the documentary, a doctor tells Vonn - the best female skier in speed disciplines of all-time - that she has "the knee of somebody that's 60 years old".

And the 35-year-old believes the programme has helped her get on with life after skiing.

"I didn't really expect it but when we had the premiere, when it was done, I kind of felt a sense of relief, you know, a sense of closure and finality in everything. I was able to look back and be proud of what I had accomplished.

"The fact that so many people had come out to support me and were interested in my story really made me feel like what I did on the mountain will be remembered.

"It really made me feel good and like I can close that chapter officially and move forward."

Since retirement, Vonn has certainly kept busy.

In August, she got engaged to ice hockey player PK Subban - an Olympic gold medallist with Canada at Sochi 2014.

Vonn regularly watches her fiance play for the New Jersey Devils, and recently launched her own ski wear collection called 'The Legacy Line'.

And if you thought Vonn would be giving her body a rest after almost 20 years on the slopes, you'd be wrong.

She continues to push herself in the gym with her good friend, film star The Rock, as her inspiration.