Vonn eyes 2018 Olympics in South Korea as a likely time to wrap up her career

Lindsey Vonn thinks she will end her stellar skiing career at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, before looking into ways of furthering an acting career.

Vonn, a 27-year-old American, believes stopping at 33 years old would be perfect before settling into a different kind of life: swapping the white hills for the silver screen, and hopefully starting a family.

“My main goal is to ski at least until the 2015 world championships in Vail and then see physically how I’m doing, mentally if I’m still doing it,” Vonn said in an interview with The Associated Press. “If I still feel great, I would love to keep going until the next Olympics (in 2018). That in my mind is the end point.”

While Vonn admires the likes of Didier Cuche, the reigning World Cup downhill and super-G champion who is still going strong at 37, she doesn’t plan to keep competing that long.

“I think it’s a bit different for women because you feel that you need to start a family,” Vonn said. “I may be interested in doing something involved in television, something fun. … I would definitely be interested in doing something like that, or doing cameos. Something I could do for fun that doesn’t consume all my time.”

MEN’S WORLD CUP: Massimiliano Blardone of Italy won his first World Cup race in two years, overtaking giant slalom standouts Ted Ligety of the U.S. and Marcel Hirscher of Austria at Alta Badia, Italy.

Sixth after the opening run, Blardone had a blistering second run to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 46.49. Austrians Hannes Reichelt and Philipp Schoerghofer were second and third, 0.35 and 0.57 seconds back.

Ligety, the first-run leader, settled for fourth, 0.58 behind, and Hirscher dropped from second after the opening leg to finish fifth, 0.71 back.

Bode Miller looked set for a top-10 finish until he fell on his right hip midway through his second run. He got back up and made the next gate but lost significant time and finished 16th.


AUSTRALIAN MASTERS: England’s Ian Poulter closed with a 4-under 67 in windy conditions to claim a three-stroke victory at Melbourne, Australia.

THAILAND CHAMPIONSHIP: Lee Westwood completed a wire-to-wire victory at Bangkok, shooting a 3-under 69 in windy conditions to beat Masters champion Charl Schwartzel by seven strokes.


CLUB WORLD CUP: Lionel Messi scored twice and Barcelona beat Brazil’s Santos 4-0 at Yokohama, Japan, to win its second Club World Cup in three years.

Messi, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas scored in the first half as the European champions solidified their stature as the best club team in the world.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: David Silva poked in a rebound in the 53rd minute, and Manchester City maintained its hold on first place with a 1-0 win against visiting Arsenal.

Manchester United remained two points behind its local rival, getting goals from Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick in a 2-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers.


MAJOR LEAGUES: The Milwaukee Brewers won the right to negotiate a contract with Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki. The Yakult Swallows accepted the Brewers’ bid of $2.5 million.


BOYS’ HOCKEY: Conor O’Brien scored two goals and set up another, and Craig Decato had a goal and two assists for York (2-0-1) in a 6-2 win Saturday night over Gardiner (2-1) at Dover, N.H.

— From staff and news services