The Queen of ski racing, Lindsey Vonn, 29, has injured her knee during a crash while downhill training on Tuesday morning at Copper Mountain in Colorado. MRI results have confirmed a partial ACL tear in her right knee. After undergoing major reconstructive surgery after her last brutal crash in February, the Olympic hopeful was looking forward to a comeback and focused on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
During Tuesday’s crash on the downhill course, Vonn also suffered facial abrasion and a bruised shoulder blade.
Vonn was set to compete with the US Olympic team in February 2014. Unfortunately, an ACL tear typically requires months off the hill in order to rest and partake in extensive physical therapy.
Lindsey Vonn will “pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment,” publicist Lewis Kay said in a statement.
Vonn has said that this season, the Sochi 2014 Olympics are her priority with the women’s downhill in Sochi coming up this winter on February 12th.
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Lindsey Vonn holds the record with 59 World Cup victories and has four overall World Cup titles, as the most successful female ski racer in U.S. history. As one of The Ski Channel Television Networks’s star athletes, Vonn was featured in The Story movie.
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The Story documents some of the world’s best skiing and the lives that have impacted (and been impacted by) the sport.
The Ski Channel wishes Lindsey a speedy recovery. Stay tuned for more details.