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American star Lindsey Vonn has blamed world skiing chiefs for the horror fall which ended her season, claiming that the fateful world championship super-G race was too dangerous to have been given the go-ahead.
Vonn tore two knee ligaments during a crash at the championships in Schladming in Austria earlier this month and will take no more part in the remainder of the World Cup season.
"It was too dangerous because of the fog. The snow was too soft and the track was broken. That is 100 percent why I fell," the four-time World Cup champion said in a videoconference call.
"We should never have started. Hopefully they will think about the future before starting a race again in such conditions. The safety of the athletes must take priority," added Vonn, who has won 59 races in her World Cup career.
Vonn, who has since undergone surgery on her injuries, believes that when she returns next season for what will be an Olympic year, much of the traditional pressure she faces will be lifted.
"I hope to get back to the level I was at before I was injured and even better. I will be an outsider and this should mean less pressure for me," she said.