What they said about retiring US skier Lindsey Vonn
ARE, Sweden (AP) — What the world of skiing and beyond said about Lindsey Vonn, who is retiring from skiing after the downhill at the worlds championships on Sunday:
Bode Miller, retired U.S. skier
"There are so many different ways to measure the best of all time and she basically checks every category, winning or being very strong in all five disciplines. Her wins speak for themselves, her longevity, her personality, and her everything."
Aksel Lund Svindal, Norwegian skier
"She has a reach that goes beyond just racing and that's something that everyone involved in skiing should be grateful for."
Billie Jean King, U.S. tennis great
"You are a true champion who never quit. Be well, Lindsey, and know that you have given your fans, and most importantly, the next generation of skiers, the gifts of perseverance, athleticism, bravery, and fighting spirit! Here's to the next chapter!"
Gian-Franco Kasper, president of the International Ski Federation
"She will leave a big hole when she leaves but don't forget all the athletes, all the big champions have to finish their careers one day. It's the same with Lindsey. She was one of our really great ambassadors; she did a lot of skiing. She is a PR machine, if you want, for our sport."
Mikaela Shiffrin, U.S. skier
"She's had this amazing, incredible, inspiring career and she's really paved the way in U.S. ski racing — and in ski racing all over the world — but especially in the U.S. for the next generation to come up. We have a lot to be thankful for because of that."
Ester Ledecka, Czech skier-snowboarder:
"It's hard to explain how great she is. It's something very unusual in not just the skiing world but the whole sports world, because there are just a few people who are able to compete in the highest level — always top three — for that long time. It's something very unique and very special and that's why I admire her. When I (learned of her retirement plans) this is very sad for me because she is my idol."
Paul Kristofic, U.S. women's head coach
"That never-give-up attitude is something that everyone can take away from. She has created that character and lived it. Those are life lessons that everybody can take. Give it your all and never give up. That's a very strong legacy."
Julia Mancuso, retired U.S. skier
"Lindsey always had that extra gear to put her on the edge where she either won or crashed hard. It's sad to see all those crashes catch up with her and have to end without breaking the record of wins, which we all know she was capable of. She made racing exciting."
PK Subban, Vonn's boyfriend and defenseman for Nashville Predators
"Not only the greatest skier of all time but one of the greatest athletes & olympians EVER!"