Lindsey Vonn will end her season on the World Cup circuit because of an injury that she suffered in a crash Saturday, she announced on Facebook.
Vonn suffered three fractures in her knee during a super–G race at a competition in Andorra. Vonn decided to ski on the injury with the support of a knee brace on Sunday, finishing 13th in the Alpine combined to maintain her overall lead in the World Cup standings.
However, an MRI and CT scan on Tuesday revealed the extent of the damage. According to Vonn, any further damage to the injury could require serious surgery.
“With the World Championships in St. Moritz next year and the Winter Olympics in South Korea the following year, I cannot take that risk,” Vonn said.
Vonn said that the decision was made more difficult because of the success that she has had this season. She has already claimed nine World Cup victories, and she has broken the World Cup downhill win record and super–G podium record.
“While I am confident that I'm making the right decision, it still doesn't make this decision any easier,” she said.