Lindsey Vonn’s record chase won’t affect her decision to retire after this World Cup season

Four wins away from tying the all-time record, skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn says she'll retire after the 2018-19 World Cup season.

The four-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympic medalist has 82 career victories, and she's set her sights on breaking Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86.

“If I get it, that would be a dream come true,” Vonn told NBC Sports on Thursday in New York. “If I don’t, I think I’ve had an incredibly successful career no matter what. I’m still the all-time winningest female skier.”

Vonn, who turns 34 next week, had said at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, that she was "not going to quit until I get that record … no matter how much pain I’m in.”

However, given time to reconsider, the oft-injured Vonn says she's at peace with making this season her last.

“Physically, I’ve gotten to the point where it doesn’t make sense,” she said. “I really would like to be active when I’m older, so I have to look to the future and not just be so focused on what’s in front of me.”

Vonn will begin her final season in December at Lake Louise, Alberta She plans to enter every downhill and super-G until she breaks the record. 

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