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Lindsey Vonn acknowledges Olympic glory is behind her after winning bronze in downhill

Lindsey Vonn acknowledges Olympic glory is behind her after winning bronze in downhill

Some of the greatest athletes in the history ended their careers with spectacular performances that encapsulated their genius, such as when Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his last game or Ted Williams homered in his final at-bat.

Others departed in embarrassment, if not downright disgrace. Muhammad Ali was defeated by the painfully mediocre Trevor Berbick. Zinedine Zidane headbutted his way out of a World Cup final.

These were outliers. Most iconic athletes have final acts that are somewhere between the two extremes, not great, not awful and not particularly memorable.

And so it will be that when Lindsey Vonn’s career is revisited 20 or 30 years from now, reference...

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