Lindsey Vonn Dodges Knee Surgery

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 4, 2012 12:32 pm

Only a few days post-homecoming hurrah, Lindsey Vonn has been all over the news with concerns about possible knee surgery.  Yesterday morning, the overall World Cup champion posted this note on her Facebook page:

“Ok guys heres the scoop: my right knee looks good. Left knee has some fraying of meniscus but no tear and cartilage has some wear but no tearing either. Just need some good old fashioned rest!! My dr and I are going to keep a close eye on it to make sure that I’m ready for next season. We’ve always kept a close eye on an old tibial plateau fracture I had when I was a teenager, things are looking great considering! Xo Lv”

Vonn, 27, has been dealing with the injury for a while but has refrained from talking about it publicly fearing it would be the focus of media attention during the remainder of the season. 

“Ski racers put up with injuries all the time,” she said in an interview with the New York Times. 

The injury occurred during a super-G race in early February in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  She had many victories post-injury, including her fourth overall World Cup title, setting the record for most points accumulated in one World Cup season by a female racer in the process.  She ended the season just 21 points shy of being the only skier, male or female, to earn over 2,000 points, a record set by Austrian Hermann Maier in 2000.

Vonn did not seem overly concerned over the prospect of arthroscopic surgery when the issue first came to light at the season-ending gathering of Ski Girls Rock, the program she founded last fall, at Vail.  U.S. Ski Team physician, Dr. William Sterett examined her joints and MRI results on Monday.  U.S. ski team spokesman Doug Haney confirmed the meniscus damage but noted that surgery would not be required.  Tests showed Vonn’s meniscus was slightly frayed, but her right knee was completely fine.  After a successful, albeit tiring, season, rest is in order, and Vonn will enjoy it with her family.  She is planning a trip to Italy with her sisters, Laura and Karin, in early May before a month of training in Austria.

Lindsey talked to The Ski Channel about her epic season and what she might do when she eventually retires. Check out the interview below!

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