The American skier Lindsey Vonn, 34 years old, has been awarded this Wednesday with the Princess of Asturias Award for Sports. The award recognizes Vonn's successful sports career as well as his struggle to overcome the knee injuries that have conditioned the last part of his career. Vonn sports an Olympic gold medal, in decline at the Vancouver Games in 2010, and a bronze in that same appointment in the Super Giant; besides two golds and seven medals in total in the World Cups, four titles of the World Cup and 77 victories in this discipline in alpine skiing, which makes her the most successful skier in history (and very close to the absolute record, the 86 victories of the Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark).
Only the injuries of the last two years have slowed down a spectacular trajectory, to the point that at the beginning of this course Vonn announced his retirement. "The reality is that my mind and body are not in the same tune, my body is screaming at me to stop, to stop, and it's time for me to listen … After many sleepless nights, I finally accepted that I can not continue with skiing, I have had more injuries and surgeries in recent years than I would like to admit, I have always gone to the limit in ski racing, I have had incredible success, but also dramatic accidents. point, arthritis is the least of my worries and I hope to continue skiing with my children some day, "said Vonn of the high competition.
Vonn replaces climbers Reinhold Messner and Krzysztof Wielicki, winners last year, on the list of winners of the Princess of Asturias Sports.
- 2010. Spanish football team.
- 2011. Haile Gebrselassie.
- 2012. Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernández.
- 2013. José María Olazabal.
- 2014. New York Marathon.
- 2015. Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol.
- 2016. Javier Gómez Noya.
- 2017. New Zealand rugby team.
- 2018. Reinhold Messner and Krzysztof Wielicki.
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