Lindsey Vonn crashes hard in final Super-G race of career

She was able to ski down the rest of the course on her own power.
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Lindsey Vonn is supposed to be celebrating her final competitive races this week at the world championships in Are, Sweden, but her second to last race ended in a high-speed crash Tuesday.  

Vonn went airborne and appeared to get her ski tangled with a gate, which sent her flying out-of-control and crashing hard into a fence. 

The NBC announcers said skiers who crash, whether injured or not, are taken down the rest of the course on a sled. But Vonn, after being tended to by medical personnel, finished the course on her own and waved to fans at the finish line. 

"Everybody, cross your fingers or hold your thumbs. That didn't look like a nice crash," said teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, via NBC Boston. "She went really hard into the fence. Hopefully she is OK."

It's not yet clear if Vonn will participate in her final Downhill race this week, but she did offer a light-hearted tweet about facing adversity. 

The Minnesota native who got her start at Buck Hill in Burnsville announced last week that she is retiring, saying her "body is broken beyond repair" and can no longer handle the physical toll the sport takes on her. 

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