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'My body is screaming at me to stop and it's time for me to listen': Lindsey Vonn will retire from ski racing after world championships in Sweden Women's all-time leader in World Cup wins was planning to retire in December  Lindsey Vonn changed her plans because of persistent pain in both of her knees  Vonn announced decision on Instagram saying 'my body is broken beyond repair

By Andrew Dampf, Ap

Published: 01:11 GMT, 2 February 2019 | Updated: 01:11 GMT, 2 February 2019

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Lindsey Vonn says she will retire from ski racing after this month's world championships in Sweden.

The women's all-time leader in World Cup wins had been planning to retire in December but changed her plans because of persistent pain in both of her knees, which she fully realised after failing to finish a race in last month.

Writing on Instagram, Vonn says 'it's been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing. 

Lindsey Vonn will retire from ski racing after this month's world championships in Sweden

Lindsey Vonn will retire from ski racing after this month's world championships in Sweden

'I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG (super-G) next week in Are, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career.'

The worlds open with the women's super-G on Tuesday. The women's downhill is scheduled for February 10.

Vonn says 'my body is broken beyond repair and it isn't letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to stop and it's time for me to listen.' 

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It’s been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing. I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG next week in Åre, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career. I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring. A large portion of cartilage that had delaminated from my bone was removed. My crash in Lake Louise last year was much more painful than I let on, but I continued to race because I wanted to win a medal in the Olympics for my late grandfather. Again, I rehabbed my way back this summer and I felt better than I had in a long time. Then I crashed in Copper this November and injured my left knee, tearing my LCL plus sustaining 3 fractures. Despite extensive therapy, training and a knee brace, I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can. My body is broken beyond repair and it isn't letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen. Honestly, retiring isn’t what upsets me. Retiring without reaching my goal is what will stay with me forever. However, I can look back at 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, 3 Olympic

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