Lindsey Vonn took to the (web)pages of Sports Illustrated today to talk about her career, look ahead at her final season, and ponder what life after pro skiing will mean to her.
The article, entitled How I’m Processing a Life Without Skiing—And Planning For the Next Chapter, recounts early success, stumbles, and the most obvious hurdle still ahead for her in what she’s said will be her final season: overtaking Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup wins.
“Announcing my retirement has been the most difficult reality I have ever faced…At this point in my career I don’t think anyone is surprised by the decision, but saying it out loud and on the record made it real,” she begins.
Vonn goes on to describe how important her win at Trofeo Topolino was to her as a 12-year-old, and the future successes it heralded.
“I went on to win 82 world cups, nine world championship medals, 20 World Cup titles and three Olympic medals…so far anyway!”
For her thoughts on the next chapter, check out the full column on SI.com.