Teammates, family, fans react to Lindsey Vonn’s retirement from ski racing | VailDaily.com

Teammates, family, fans react to Lindsey Vonn’s retirement from ski racing

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After Vail’s Lindsey Vonn closed out her career with a bronze in the downhill on Sunday at the world championships in Are, Sweden, social media was buzzing with tributes to the ski legend with 82 World Cup victories on her resume.

“I’m happy that I could finish strong. I’m happy there are so many people here,” Vonn said. “I wish my mom and my brother and my sister could be here, but half the family is here so that’s good. I soaked it all in. I waved to the crowd one last time. Ingemar being in the finish area was literally the best thing that’s ever happened in my life.”

Here’s a look at how the world reacted:

 

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Love you. Proud of you. Now let's party! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ‰

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What a way to say goodbye to racing:) thank you @lindseyvonn โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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Q U E E N ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿผโ™ฅ๏ธโ›ท๐Ÿ˜ข #lindseyvonn #byebye #alpineskiing

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Dear Lindsey, I first noticed you in 2008 when you've won the Overall World Cup title for the first time and since this season no race goes by where I don't thinkโ€žWOW, what a superwoman."When I look back, I literally grew up with you. You've accompanied me on my way from an 8 year old little girl with no self-confidence and willpower to a self confident and strong 18 year old. You made me a better person. You've been my star on a sky, sometimes so dark in the last years. You taught me so mamy things far away from the slopes, in a very personal way. Especially when you've been injured(it's the toughest time but at the same time it's when you learn the most about yourself and when YOU inspire so many people around the world). Doesn't matter how many times you've been injured, how painful it was and how many people didn't believed you would come back – You never gave up. 'Injured, Surgery, Rehab, Comeback & Victory'..sadly many many times, but tell me another athlete who has been able to do that! That just shows how special and strong you're! You worked your ass off and proved all these people wrong when you left the finish area with a big smile, happy tears and a trophy. If this isn't inspirational, then I honestly don't know what is. Your tenacity, perseverance and drive have inspired more people than you know, and your joy and passion for this sport are beyond contagious. You've become a legend not just through your legendary results, but through your fervor, love and kindness. You're a true hero. The legend of ski racing. Better said the QUEEN of ski racing(words can't describe how much you gave this sport).I learned from you โ€žYou can't beat the person who never gives up." Today was your last race day. One last time you stood in the starting gate, you felt that unforgettable adrenaline. And look at YOU..You gave everything to this race like always, you risked it all. You finished your outstanding career with another medal.๐ŸคฉWHAT A SUPERWOMAN!Congratulations on your amazing career! This chapter of your life is ending, but will be never forget. It's honor to be your fan! It's so hard to say goodbye๐Ÿ˜žbut I know.. Goodbye CHAMP!!โค๏ธ #lindseyvonn #speedqueen #teaml

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