End of an era: Vonn and Svindal to say goodbye to ski racing

(CNN)It’s ski racing’s biggest event outside the Olympics and comes with the cachet of a world title to wear with pride for the next two years.

Alpine skiing’s FIS World Championships take place in Are, Sweden over the next two weeks with legends to be forged, names to be made and scores to be settled.
The event will also mark the end of an era — American great Lindsey Vonn will retire from ski racing after Sunday’s downhill because of the ravages the sport and its spills have taken on her body over the years. And fellow speedster Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s Olympic downhill champion, is also bowing out following an illustrious but injury-plagued career.

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