Lindsey Vonn was in the middle of a remarkable comeback from a terrible knee injury she suffered nine months ago and looked to be headed for a return for the Winter Olympics in February. But on Tuesday she crashed during a practice run in Copper Mountain, Colorado and as a result she partially tore the surgically-repaired ACL in her right knee.
Vonn tore her her ACL and MCL after a crash in Austria nine months ago, putting her status for the Sochi Olympics in doubt. But her recovery was on schedule until Tuesday, when she crashed and re-injured the same knee. Vonn had been aiming to return to World Cup competition for the first time next week in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Vonn also suffered a bruised shoulder blade and “minor facial abrasions.”
Lewis Kay, Vonn’s personal publicist, said that Vonn will rest for a few days then “pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment.”
From that statement we can assume that her status for the Olympics is certainly in doubt.
Vonn has won 59 World Cup races, putting her just three shy of Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell, who holds the record of 62. The 29-year-old Vonn is without a doubt the top American female skier of all-time, and is the defending gold medalist in the downhill from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Vonn also earned the bronze in the Super-G at those games.
While she has mostly made headlines in recent months for her relationship with Tiger Woods, there is no doubting that Vonn is also an incredible athlete. She has won four overall World Cup titles and 13 discipline titles (six in downhill, four in Super-G and three in the combined).
Before her injury, Vonn claimed she was racing some of the best Super-G of her career during practice runs but that her downhill needed some work.
Hopefully she’ll be able to get back on her skis for the Winter Olympics. The Sochi games would definitely not be the same without her.