A day in Lindsey Vonn’s life looks much different today than it used to.
The former Olympic skier and one of the most decorated female athletes of all time announced her retirement over the winter after toying with the idea for several months.
“I thought about it and talked about it last fall,” she told AOL.com of her ultimate decision to retire. “I was getting really tired of having surgeries. I had two surgeries just last summer alone.”
It was an injury in November that really sealed the deal for Vonn, who says she was “literally being held together” by her knee braces while she was on the slopes after tearing her LCL. After the 2019 World Championships in Sweden, where she took home a bronze medal, she called it a career.
“I had a lot of grand plans to have an amazing last season, but not everything works out the way you think it’s going to or the way you hope it’s going to,” she said. “I did the best I could with the hand I was dealt.”