What began with a crash and was followed up with an unlikely bronze medal, has concluded with a bunch of balloons and a cake iced in the shape of a goat.The curious — if touching — sentiment was arranged by Vonn’s boyfriend P.K. Subban, the Nashville Predators defenseman. He threw a surprise welcome for the retiring skier on her return from the World Championships in Are, where she clinched downhill bronze to cap a stunning career with a fairytale ending.Subban filmed Vonn’s reaction to the homecoming, which came after an 18-hour flight back from Sweden, before sharing the video to his 1.1 million Twitter followers, complete with both the unusual cake and a stuffed goat awaiting her on her bed.READ: Lead singer or backing vocals? Mikaela Shiffrin braves the CNN quickfire challengeThe bouquet of balloons declared the 34-year-old “officially retired,” while the bespoke pudding was a reference to the “greatest of all time” acronym. On Sunday, she claimed an eighth World Championship top-three finish to go with 137 World Cup podiums, as well as a trio of Olympic medals.It had briefly been feared that Vonn would be unable to take part in her farewell race after suffering a nasty fall in the World Championships super-G, her penultimate race, on February 5.With 82 wins, she ends her illustrious career as the most successful female skier of all time, 20 wins ahead of Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proll. Mikaela Shiffrin, however, the 23-year-old heir to Vonn’s US throne, already has 56 victories to her name.