Vonn and Svindal Decide To Retire

Vonn retires AP-PHOTO

NEW YORK (AP) – For Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal, the world championships beginning this week in Are, Sweden, will mark the end of an era.

The event will also bring Vonn and Svindal full circle — back to the site of their first major championship successes more than a decade ago.

Vonn claimed the first medals of her career, two silvers, at the frigid 2007 worlds in Are , while Svindal claimed his first golds a dozen years ago by winning the downhill and giant slalom.

Both went on to become overall World Cup and Olympic champions and two of skiing’s most well-spoken ambassadors.

“It’s always been a good place for me. I’ve always felt comfortable there,” said Vonn, who has also won seven World Cup races in Are. “It’s a good place to have my last world championships. I’m really excited to go back up there.”