Defending downhill champion Ilka Stuhec has pushed Lindsey Vonn down to second place through 10 skiers.
When Vonn crossed the finish line after her run she had a big smile on her face, waved and bowed to the crowd.
As soon as she exited the finish area, Vonn was greeted by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, the only skier to win more World Cup races than Vonn — 86 to 82.
Stuhec, of Slovenia, finished a whopping 0.49 seconds ahead of Vonn.
Lindsey Vonn has completed the last run of her skiing career.
Starting third of 37 racers in the downhill, Vonn came down in first place.
She’ll now have to wait a while to find out her final result.
Fog and wind have forced organizers to shorten the women’s downhill course.
The start has been moved down to the second reserve start.
A shorter course should favor Lindsey Vonn in the last race of her career.
With fewer gates to navigate, she won’t have to put as much strain on both of her surgically repaired knees.
After heavy early-morning snowfall, the skies have cleared for Lindsey Vonn’s final race.
Vonn is retiring after the downhill at the world championships Sunday.
The race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) with Vonn starting third in a field of 37 skiers.
Battling pain in both of her surgically repaired knees, the 34-year-old Vonn recently moved up her retirement date. She then crashed in Tuesday’s super-G and will race for the last time with a black eye and bruised rib.
Vonn goes out as the most successful female skier of all time with 82 World Cup wins.