Alpine Skiing

Sporting world pays tribute to retiring Lindsey Vonn

Fellow skiers and athletes from around the world have reacted on social media

The sporting world has shown a massive outpouring of respect for Lindsey Vonn after the most successful female skier of all time announced that she will compete in just one more event before retiring from the sport.

The Olympic champion will take to the slopes for the final time at the 2019 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, before hanging up her skis.

Her teammates, former rivals, and several Olympians have congratulated her on social media for a remarkable career.

Fellow Olympic champion Julia Mancuso competed against Vonn for many years and highlighted the inspiring role the 34-year-old played in her career.

Double Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal, who will also retire after the World Championships, said he is looking forward to the career-ending celebrations in Are.

Her retirement caught the eye of tennis legend Billie Jean King.

The former world number one wished her luck in the next step and applauded her bravery.

Olympic ice hockey champion Meghan Duggan, who captained Team USA to gold at PyeongChang 2018, also sent her best wishes.

Vonn's fellow three-time Olympic alpine skiing medallist Alexis Pinturault paid tribute to the 'speed queen'.

Mikaela Shiffrin, Gus Kenworthy, Caroline Wozniacki, and Adam Rippon were just some of the many other Olympians who also commented on Vonn's announcement on social media.

Lindsey Vonn Social Media tributes

While Team USA and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Federation joined in the celebrations of Vonn's career.

The triple Olympic medallist won 82 World Cup races as a professional.