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Lindsey Vonn to suspend season

USSA News Bureau,

Audi FIS Ski World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colorado) announced that she is suspending competition for the remainder of the season. Vonn was injured during a super G race in Soldeu-El Tarter, Andorra, on Saturday, Feb. 27. With three weekends of racing remaining in the season, Vonn is currently leading the World Cup overall and super G standings, and in a three-way tie for the alpine combined lead.

"I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish this year," said Vonn. "But today I am making the difficult decision to end my season and leave the World Cup circuit due to an injury I suffered last Saturday."

Vonn, who has already clinched the World Cup downhill title for a record 20th career crystal globe, won nine World Cup races this season and set a new record for downhill victories. She now has 76 World Cup wins and is chasing the record of 86 World Cup victories held by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark.

"While I am confident that I’m making the right decision, it still doesn’t make this decision any easier," Vonn said. "Thanks to everyone who supported me and stood by me through it all. Best of luck to all the World Cup competitors, I’ll see you again next year."

Vonn, who did race Sunday and finished 13th to move into a tie for the alpine combined lead, suffered a left tibial plateau fracture in Saturday’s crash. Tests were conducted in Andorra last weekend, and Vonn made her decision following further tests Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain.

The women’s World Cup tour resumes Saturday and Sunday in Jasna, Slovenia, with a giant slalom and slalom. The season concludes with World Cup Finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland, March 16-20.

Vonn is expected to return for the 2016-17 season, which will feature a Thanksgiving weekend World Cup in Killington, Vermont, as well as the World Championships in St. Moritz and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado.


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