Five reasons retiring skier is a sporting icon - Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn winning gold at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010

"If you fall, pick yourself up," is part of skier Lindsey Vonn's Instagram bio.

While inspirational quotes on social media are wide parodied, there are infinite moments in Vonn's career where she has physically and metaphorically embodied that phrase.

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Having crashed in spectacular fashion in the penultimate race of her career on Tuesday, the 34-year-old, statistically the most successful  female ski racer ever, can vie for the ultimate time this Sunday within the downhill at the Alpine World Championships in Sweden.

Considered by many to be the foremost famous face in athletics, she retires as a former Olympic and world champion, with eighty two world cup race wins to her name.

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