Tearful Vonn says 'possibility' Cortina Super-G her final race

Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) (AFP) –


American ski star Lindsey Vonn said Sunday there was a "possibility" Sunday's World Cup Super G at Cortina d'Ampezzo, which she failed to finish, would be her final race.

"There's only so much my body can take," a tearful Vonn, 34, told journalists after a disappointing return from a knee injury in the Italian Dolomites where she has won a record 12 times.

"My body is inhibiting me for doing what I want to do. I'm just not able to ski the way I want to and know I can.

"I really don't know what to think at this point."

Vonn, with 82 World Cup wins to her name, has set herself the challenge of overhauling Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark's all-time record of 86 World Cup wins before retiring at Lake Louise in December.

It was her final race down the Olimpia delle Tofane piste, where she took her first World Cup podium in 2004, but she admitted it could possibly be her final race altogether.

"It's more emotional than I expected," said Vonn, who finished 15th and ninth in the downhills staged in Cortina on Friday and Saturday.

"I know the end is coming but that doesn't make it easier. It's a great place for me, I have amazing memories and was hoping for more amazing memories but things didn't go as I expected."