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In the penultimate race of her career, skier Lindsey Vonn crashed in the super-G at the world championships in Sweden on Tuesday, straddling a gate mid-air and ending up in the safety nets. However, she still plans on competing in Sunday's downhill, which will be the final event of her illustrious career. After the crash, got up and skied down the hill after being tended to by medical personnel. Vonn say she has a 'bit of a shiner' on her face and 'got the wind knocked out of me' in the next-to-last race of her illustrious career. But she looked ahead to the downhill on Sunday by saying 'maybe I'll pull off a miracle. Just because you have been knocked down, it doesn't mean you can't get back up.' The 34-year-old Vonn, the all-time leader in women's World Cup wins, announced last week that she will retire after racing the super-G and downhill at the worlds. Vonn, who has been slowed by persistent pain in both of her knees, lost control in mid-air and skiing through a gate. The panel fitted between the two poles detached and got stuck on her boots. When she hit the ground she slid downhill face first, using her hands to keep her head from hitting the snow, then came to a stop when she hit the safety netting. Vonn had been planning to retire in December but changed her plans because of persistent pain in both of her knees, which she fully realized after failing to finish a race in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, last month.
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