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Lindsey Vonn, working with The Rock, Robert Redford, still at top speed in retirement

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DENVER (AP) — Lindsey Vonn’s certainly dived right into retirement — off a cliff and splashing into a lake feet first.

That’s one of the many post-racing adventures for the all-time winningest female skier in World Cup history. Never one to sit back, she’s still going at top speed since competing in her final ski race last February.

The bustling life of Vonn includes that recent cliff-jumping excursion with boyfriend and NHL defenseman P.K. Subban, wrapping up her memoir in a book set to be published early next year, starting a line of beauty products, walking the red carpet, working with Dwayne Johnson on a sports apparel project and serving as an executive producer of a film with Robert Redford.

That’s right, Robert Redford (she’s not at liberty to discuss the full details just yet).

“I want to take over the world, one business at a time,” the 34-year-old Vonn cracked in a phone interview.

With her schedule so packed, there’s really been no time to miss racing. Maybe once the snow falls.

She still feels the cumulative effects of all the tumbles and wipeouts over a career that included three Olympic medals, including downhill gold, and four overall World Cup titles. Her knees constantly throb and the right arm she broke nearly three years ago in a training crash still causes her trouble.

Four months ago, she had a ligament repaired in her left knee. Her right knee is bone-on-bone.

“You pay a price for throwing yourself down the mountain and I’m going to be paying that price for the rest of my life,” Vonn said. “But that’s part of being an athlete — you sacrifice yourself and your body.”

In December, Vonn plans to trek to Lake Louise, Alberta, for the World Cup races and visit a course where she won so often it’s now named in her honor. She’s bringing her mom — and not her downhill skis. Her original plan last season was to step away after one final charge down the course in Lake Louise, but pain forced her to move up retirement.

“I’m not going to race. I can’t. I’m too beat up,” Vonn said. “I need the break.”

Any chance of a comeback, say, down the road?

“I don’t think so,” said Vonn, who has no designs on a coaching career. “The biggest problem is my right knee. Maybe something will come up that could help me. But at this point I don’t really foresee anything happening that’s going to dramatically change my living situation, let alone my competition possibilities.”

As for her women’s record of 82 World Cup wins, Vonn doesn’t anticipate the mark standing for long given the pace of fellow American Mikaela Shiffrin, who at 24 already has 60 wins.

“I’m sure Mikaela will beat it. If not her, someone else,” Vonn said. “I hope someone beats it.”

Vonn won’t be tuning in to catch many World Cup races. It’s too emotional. She was hoping to challenge the record of 86 World Cup wins held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark. Her banged-up body didn’t allow it.

Still, she closed her career in memorable fashion by earning a bronze downhill medal at the world championships in Are, Sweden, on Feb. 10.

Now, it’s off to other pursuits. Her memoir — ”Rise: My Story ” — is scheduled to hit the bookshelves in mid-February. She’s also serving as a global ambassador for Johnson’s ”Project Rock ” collection, the actor’s signature line of Under Armour gear.

Then there’s the movie endeavor with Redford. They’re still developing the script and should soon start casting.

“Probably one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of,” Vonn said.

These days, she’s game for about any sort of undertaking, even riskier ones like cliff jumping. She and Subban — who was dealt from Nashville to the New Jersey Devils in June — joined up with some friends to take the plunge at a lake north of Toronto. Vonn jumped into the water after a countdown, while Subban hesitated before eventually leaping.

FYI: Her sponsor, Red Bull, does host a cliff-diving series.

“I know!” Vonn proudly exclaimed. “But I can only go so high because my ear drums pop all the time. So that’s kind of like close to the max or I rupture. I know my limits.”

Her passion these days revolve around her foundation , which provides girls scholarships and programming for education, sports, and enrichment programs.

Vonn’s days are definitely full in retirement — and way busier than she ever imagined.

“I really need a whole weekend off at some point,” Vonn joked. “But it’s been good. There are plenty of goals to achieve post-skiing for sure.”

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Lindsey Vonn to release memoir

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NEW YORK (AP) — Lindsey Vonn, the retired alpine skiing champion, is ready to look back.

Vonn’s memoir, “Rise: My Story,” will come next year, Dey Street Books announced Monday.

Vonn will describe her “epic journey” from childhood in Minnesota to international fame; her achievements, including 82 World Cup wins and three Olympic medals; and the injuries ranging from fractures near her left knee joint to a broken arm, that made her decide to quit.

“I think I have plenty to talk about with my injuries, obviously, my entire career and my personal life, my family,” Vonn told The Associated Press during a red carpet appearance Monday. “There’s a lot that’s happened in my life, and I feel like I want to share that and empower other women to be independent and strong and believe in themselves.”

In a statement issued through Dey Street, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, the 34-year-old Vonn said she was “digging deep” into her life and her determination to keep going “up and down the mountains.”

Vonn retired in February after the world championships in Are, Sweden. She won a bronze medal in her final race, the downhill competition.

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Vonn wins Spirit of Sport Award at Laureus World Sports Awards

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MONACO (AP) — Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized.

Vonn, who retired during the recent Alpine skiing world championships , took home the Spirit of Sport Award, which is given to an athlete for relentless dedication to his or her career, and France was honored for winning the World Cup in July.

Woods, who won the inaugural World Sportsman of the Year award in 2000, won the Tour Championship in September for his 80th PGA Tour title and his first since August 2013.

Djokovic matched Usain Bolt’s record by being named World Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He also earned the honor in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Simone Biles was named World Sportswoman of the Year for winning four gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the gymnastics world championships. Naomi Osaka won the Breakthrough Award for winning the U.S. Open and Chloe Kim was named the World Action Sportsperson of the Year.

The awards were given in recognition of outstanding sports performance in 2018.