Lindsey Vonn's unrelenting toughness made her a champion for all female athletes

Vonn flew down the tricky World Championships downhill course at Are, Sweden, as if there were no tomorrow, and in terms of her career, there is not.

The injuries she has suffered over the years finally overtook her at age 34, after a women’s-record 82 World Cup wins, as well as 20 World Cup titles, four World Cup overall championships, three Olympic medals and more stitches and surgeries and rehabilitation stints than she cared to count.

Advertisement > Vonn didn’t win the gold Sunday. Skiing third, she held the lead for a while but was eventually passed by Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia and Corrine Suter of Switzerland.

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