Lindsey Vonn’s exit shows champions don’t have to go downhill

She was the third starter, which meant that there were 34 more to come in Sunday’s world championship downhill race at Åre in Sweden.

Only a year ago she won the last of her 43 World Cup downhill victories on the full piste at Åre, but now it was different. At the age of 34 it came as a relief to hear the commissaires’ decision that – in the words of Bode Miller, analysing the race for Eurosport – took the teeth out of the course.

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