Lindsey Vonn: "I can't retire without coming back to Lake Louise"
Lindsey Vonn says to book your tickets for the 2019 World Cup in Lake Louise.
The three-time Olympic medallist reversed her retirement plans via Skype at the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup announcing that she would indeed ski at the event next season. The announcement comes after Vonn hinted at postponing her retirement, once planned for the end of the 2018-19 season..
"I'll be back in Lake Louise next year to see you guys one last time. I can't retire without coming back to Lake Louise," she said on Saturday evening.
Vonn had been scheduled to compete at this year's event outside Calgary but had to withdraw on Nov. 20, having injured her knee during a Super-G training crash.
"To miss my favorite stop on the tour is devastating, to put it lightly," she said.
"I'm with you guys in spirit and next year, I'll be back. So you can book your tickets for next year already."
Vonn has earned 18 World Cup victories in Lake Louise and will look to add more next December.
She did not offer definite details on her plans for returning to the slopes. When asked about the possibility of competing at the World Cup in Val-d'Isère, France, Dec. 12, Vonn said, "I hope so. I have a doctor's appointment on Monday, so we'll kind of see what he says, and if I'm cleared to ski yet, how the healing is going. I'll let you guys know as soon as I can."
The chase for history continues
The American had once said she would ski until she broke Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark’s World Cup wins record. Her 82 victories leave her just four wins away.
But in October as the 2018-19 season approached, Vonn changed course and announced that she would retire at the end of this season whether she broke the record or not.
In her YouTube announcement, she made clear that skiing at the event next year is more about her connection to the event than any records she has yet to achieve.
"It’s not really about racing – whether I break the World Cup win record or not – if I don’t break it at the end of this year, it doesn’t matter," Vonn said. "That really has nothing to do with me wanting to race in Lake Louise again."
"For me, has always been my spot. Even some of the locals call it Lake Lindsey. That’s really meaningful for me."
Lake Lindsey will now be something more than just how the locals refer to the race. Charlie Locke, president of the Lake Louise Ski Club, and his wife Louise appeared at the event, announcing that the women's downhill run would be known as "Lake Lindsey Way."
"This is so amazing. I can't be more excited," Vonn said after the announcement. "I've had so many great memories at Lake Louise. This is truly and honor, and I can't wait to come back and ski on my run."
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Regardless of when Vonn hangs up her skis, she is already preparing for life after her career on the slopes.
Vonn recently announced she’s joining up with superstars LeBron James, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cindy Crawford in a new health and wellness company.
The "organically developed company" is reportedly centered on protein powders and other dietary supplements.