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Picabo Street believes Lindsey Vonn will ski one more season

Jan 12, 2014, 7:42 AM EDT

Lindsey Vonn AP

Since pulling out consideration for Sochi, Lindsey Vonn has not said anything about potentially going for the 2018 Olympics.

If she did go to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in four years, she would do so in a bid to become the oldest Olympic women’s Alpine skiing medalist of all time (assuming the record isn’t broken in Sochi).

But one of her idols doesn’t think Vonn will come anywhere close to that.

“I think she’s done [after next season],” said Olympic champion Picabo Street, according to the Denver Post. “I think she comes back for a rip-roaring 2014-15 season, she wins those three and then some, she double medals at the World Championships and she hangs it up, becomes a trophy wife. Where’s the motivation coming from for her to do more than that?”

Vonn did say after pulling out of the Olympics that her sights are set on the 2015 World Championships near her home in Vail, Colo. She’s also three World Cup wins behind Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell for the most all-time by a woman.

Here’s what Vonn has said about her skiing future, before she ended her season last week.

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  1. sailbum7 - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    I do not think it will be only one more season. I think the Lindsey Vonn will continue to ski for as long as she remains a top competitor. As long as she can continue to finish on the podium Vonn will likely continue to ski. The comment by Picabo Street about Vonn retiring and becoming a trophy wife is demeaning and insulting. For Street to suggest that after Vonn is finished skiing that she has nothing else to do and nothing more to offer than being an ornament on some guys arm and that she has no motivation to do anything more with her life than that is an extremely insulting comment to make. I am surprised that anyone, particularly a woman, would say something like this. I am sure that Vonn will find something alse productive to do with her time once her skiing career is over. People with the level of drive and commitment that it takes to become a world champion skier are not likely to be satisfied sitting around and doing nothing productive for the rest of their lives. She will no doubt find somewhere else to focus her energies.

  2. mogogo1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Vonn will continue to ski as long as she can compete not just because she has the drive but because she has big endorsements that are the major source of her income. (Indeed, it’s possible the drive for Olympic year endorsements could have fueled her extra-early return, as it’s been kind of a mystery why those early season World Cup races were so important to her if not for the exposure.)

    The trophy wife comments were out-of-line, but you can see where that thinking comes from given how fully Vonn has embraced the publicity of being with Tiger. That has always looked a bit more like a calculated marketing campaign than a true romance.

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