Olympic Skier Gets Eyes Fixed

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 14, 2010 9:36 am

Today, Lindsey Vonn, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Gold medalist and 3-time overall World Cup Champion Skier, had LASIK eye surgery performed by Dr. Robert K. Maloney of the Maloney Vision Institute in Los Angeles to help her vision. Vonn now has better than 20/20 because of the procedure.

Vonn decided to have LASIK because she noticed that it was becoming more difficult to see the gates and judge the terrain as she was skiing. She had a difficult time seeing the terrain on the mountain which could determine the difference between winning and losing.

After the LASIK procedures, Vonn tweeted, “I am already seeing 20/20 in both eyes and they expect after a few more days of hearing it will be 20/15 in both. My husband only had his right eye done and he is already seeing 20/15. I can’t believe how crisp and clear everything is, I’m so excited!”

Vonn won the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in downhill ski racing, where she was the first American women ever to do so. She also won three consecutive overall World Cup championships between 2008 and 2010, the first American women and second woman ever to accomplish this. With Vonn’s Olympic gold and bronze medals, and her 33 World Cup wins, she has become the most successful American skier in history.

The LASIK procedure will allow Vonn to perform to the best of her ability in future skiing events.