DENVER (CBS4) – Olympian skier Lindsey Vonn is ending her season early because of a knee injury.

Vonn crashed during a race in Andorra last week, suffering a hairline fracture to her knee. She had to be taken away on a sled.

Lindsey Vonn of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super Combined on Feb. 28, 2016 in Soldeu, Andorra. (credit: Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Lindsey Vonn of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Super Combined on Feb. 28, 2016 in Soldeu, Andorra. (credit: Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Vonn lives and trains in Vail, and is currently leading the World Cup standings.

She released a statement Wednesday morning on her Facebook page, saying she made “the difficult decision to end my season and leave the World Cup circuit due to an injury.”

Vonn says further damage to her knee could risk her future in skiing, but calls this decision one of the toughest of her career.

Today I am making the difficult decision to end my season and leave the World Cup circuit due to an injury I suffered…

Posted by Lindsey Vonn on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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