Lindsey Vonn Injured In Training Run Tuesday; Torn ACL Means 'Aggressive Therapy'
Just when it looked like Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn was on the road to a comeback in time for the Sochi Games in February, she crashed once again Tuesday in a downhill training run at Copper Mountain, Colo. She was not admitted to the hospital, however, and underwent an MRI in nearby Vail.
A statement from the U.S. Ski Team and another from Vonn’s publicist Wednesday afternoon said Vonn sustained a mild strain to her right knee, a partial tear to her right ACL, minor facial abrasions and scapular contusions as a result of the fall at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper. The injury was to the same knee she injured in a devastating accident last February in Austria.
The team statement said Vonn plans to rest for a few days before pursuing physical therapy. U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens reported her response to the therapy would ultimately determine the timetable for her return to active training. The Sochi Olympics begin in 78 days.
Vonn had been planning to return to World Cup downhill competition next week at Beaver Creek, Colo. She needs just three more wins to match Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record of 62 wins, but has said her focus is on the Olympics.
SnoCountry.com will follow developments and update this story as more information is released.
Photo: Lindsey Vonn gets back on snow for the first time after February injury (U.S. Ski Team)