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Lindsey Vonn’s Heartbreaking Announcement

Veronica Kordmany, Sports Editor

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On the eve of the Opening Ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, famous skier Lindsey Vonn made her grand return with a heartbreaking announcement. After five Olympic Games and seven World Championships, PyeongChang will be her final Olympic games.

The skier has many impressive feats under her belt, such as being one of only two women to have won four World Championships, as well as being the first American woman to ever win the gold medal in downhill skiing in the 2010 Winter Olympics. She also has eight World Cup season titles for downhill discipline, five titles in super-G, and three consecutive titles in the combined. In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title, an all-time record for both men and women, slightly passing Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who won 19 globes.

This will be Vonn’s first game since her injury in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, after she had been forced to drop out due to surgery on her right knee. The athlete has said that she will be competing in the downhill, the super-G and the combined. However, she has decided to withdraw from the giant slalom, saying she feels her knee “is just not really in a place to do that.”

This is Vonn’s fourth Olympics. She won gold in the downhill and bronze in the super-G at Vancouver in 2010. Her first race in South Korea is the super-G, scheduled for Feb. 17.

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