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United States' Lindsey Vonn grimaces in pain after getting to the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Lindsey Vonn dropped out of the World Cup after a back injury


On her quest to becoming the most successful skier racer of all time, Lindsey Vonn suffered a major setback on Saturday after injuring her back during a race in Switzerland, according to CNN.

The 33-year-old was able to cross the finish line, but clutched her back and grimaced in pain shortly after. Later in the day, Vonn confirmed that she had an "acute facet (spinal joint dysfunction."

"I got compressed on the 6th gate and my back seized up."
Lindsey Vonn

The American alpine skier also notified fans that she wouldn't race on Sunday, with her eyes on the main prize: the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Vonn didn't miss out on much, though. The race in St. Moritz was subsequently canceled because of bad weather.

Her injury comes days after she vehemently declared that she would "absolutely not" visit the White House if invited post-Games.

"Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," she said on CNN. "I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony."I want to represent our country well. I don't think that ther are a lot of people currently in our government that do that."

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