Lindsey Vonn Suffers Freak Injury, Will Miss Giant Slalom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 10, 2009 6:45 am

Lindsey Vonn **UPDATE 2-11-09**

Double World Champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will miss Thursday’s giant slalom at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Val d’Isere to allow more time for injured thumb to heal. She is hopeful to start in Saturday’s slalom, the final women’s event of the Championships.
Vonn cut her thumb Monday after winning her second gold medal. She had surgery at Privatklinik Hochrum Tuesday in Austria and returned to Val d’Isere on Wednesday.
"Lindsey will take the day to test out a few of the splints that were built specifically for her right hand and if everything feels right, we’ll move directly into training slalom on Friday," said Head Coach Jim Tracy.
"I’m incredibly thankful for the care I’ve had over the last two days," said Vonn, who won the super G and downhill gold medals earlier in Val d’Isere. "Red Bull flew me to Innsbruck and the surgery went perfectly, then we spent nearly a full day working with Martin Galler to build specific splints to help me grip my pole without impact. [Husband] Thomas [Vonn]and Dr. Jeff [Harrison, U.S. Ski Team Physician] were with me for the entire process. We’ll see how things go the next few days, but I’m hoping to race slalom."


Recent World Championship winner Lindsey Vonn suffered a freak accident, cutting her thumb on a champagne bottle. The gold medalist has left the World Championships for a check-up, but is expected to return to competition.

Vonn sliced her thumb while celebrating her downhill victory Monday night. She had trouble uncorking a champagne bottle, and in Olympic form, a friend used a ski to remove the cork, inadvertently breaking the bottle in the process. Vonn grabbed the bottle as the champagne flowed, not realizing the glass was broken.

“I really think I’m safer skiing downhill at 85 mph,” Vonn joked. “I’m in a little bit of pain, but this shouldn’t slow me down.”

U.S. Ski Team doctor Jeff Harrison applied four stitches, and Team officials said they expected Vonn to compete in the remaining individual events (Giant Slalom) Thursday and (Slalom) Saturday. However, Vonn is expected to skip the team event Wednesday.


Photo: U.S. Ski Team