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Lindsey Vonn ends career with top-3 finish at world championships in Sweden

Vonn goes out in style with a performance that put her on the podium.

Lindsey Vonn finished her professional skiing career standing on the podium, just as she's done more than any other woman in downhill skiing history. 

Vonn entered teh starting gate at 5:25 a.m. Central Time, and 62 seconds later she blazed across the finish line with a time that would win her the bronze medal in the downhill event at the world championships in Are, Sweden. 

"I wanted to come down and be in the lead for one last time and to hear the crowd roar and to not crash," Vonn told Eurosport, adding how thankful she was to finish and not crash in her final race as she did in the super-G earlier in the week. 

"I'm always full tilt and always on the limit. I was worried that I'd charge too hard and not make it down for my last race – that's my worst nightmare."

Vonn, from her days as a child at Buck Hill in Burnsville to her gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and bronze at the 2018 Pyeongchang games, finishes her career with 86 World Cup wins – the most of any female in alpine skiing history and just four shy of Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark's overall record. 

The Minnesota native announced her plans to retire earlier this month, citing how badly her body has been worn down by numerous, significant injuries.

"One last time I will stand in the starting gate. One last time I will feel the adrenaline running through my veins. One last time I will risk it all. One last time... I will remember it forever. Let’s do this!" said Vonn in a tweet just hours before her farewell race. 

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