Lindsey Vonn is at a watershed moment. She's gonna be a painter, she's gonna come back to her career,
and she's going to be so much more skier ever.
The 34-year-old American needs five more wins on the World Cup circuit to beat Ingemar Stenmark's record of 82, but she is adamant this will be her final season whatever.
"I want to be able to walk without pain when I'm older and hopefully some day I'll be able to ski with my kids and that's important to me," Vonn told CNN's Alpine Edge in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
Vonn will return for a one-off appearance at her favorite Lake Louise, Canada venue in November, but she insists she won't be tempted to carry on should she be on the cusp of the record.
With all the injuries I've had it's definitely made me put things in perspective.
"I want to enjoy my last season, I don't want to just think about the record and be mad at myself if I don't get it.
"I've accomplished so much more in my career than I ever expected and I don't think focusing only on this record is a good idea for me mentally, and it doesn't sum up my career as a whole.
Vonn empathized with Andy Murray's potential farewell to his tennis career because of a long-term hip problem, and echoed his disappointment at how injury can cut sporting careers short.
"It's not really about what I want, it's about what I can physically do, and I just can't physically do
it anymore," she said.
"It's not really a lack of motivation or will or determination -- I would keep going for many more years, I've no problem working hard and doing what I need to do in the gym, and obviously I love going fast, but my body doesn't love going fast anymore.
If anyone can bring him back, she can," laughed Vonn, who is also looking forward to spending time with family and friends, and focusing on her business interests when she hangs up her skis.
The 23-year-old Shiffrin has won 10 times this season to climb to 53 World Cup wins overall to sit third on the women's all-time list behind Vonn and Swiss great Vreni Schneider.
"It's incredible to watch what she's doing and I'm sure she's going to break many records down the road," Vonn added.
"I hope she stays healthy and continues her success and I look forward to watching her when I get home on the couch.
"It's really important for the sport to have someone like her and great for the US as well.