Lindsey Vonn Injured in Training Crash
Olympic downhill champion still being evaluated
UPDATE: 11/22/2013 12:59 P.M.
Following a partial tear in her right ACL, Lindsey Vonn will not be competing at Beaver Creek World Cup races next week, but she may still race in Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, on Dec. 6.
“While her rehab is progressing, she is not at a point where she will be able to ski next week and is unfortunately withdrawing from the race at Beaver Creek. She will continue to do therapy with an eye at racing in Lake Louise.” Lewis Kay, her publicist, said in a statement. “Lindsey is recovering very quickly from abrasions to her face and contusions to her shoulder blade. Beyond that, she has a stable knee with an MRI finding of a partial tear of her ACL graft. With therapy, she is progressing well while not losing any of the strength she worked so hard to achieve.”
UPDATE: 11/20/2013 12:42 P.M.
Lewis Kay, Lindsey Vonn’s public relations manager, issued a statement saying that Vonn sustained a mild strain to her right knee, a partial tear to her right ACL, minor facial abrasions, and scapular contusions from her fall on Tuesday.
“She needs to rest for a few days and then will pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to treatment,” Kay said.
11/20/2013 11:30 A.M.
Lindsey Vonn’s Olympic and World Cup aspirations might be in jeopardy after a crash on Tuesday while training in Copper Mountain, Colorado.
Reportedly, Vonn was taken off the hill on a sled and returned to her home in Vail where William Sterett, the orthopedic surgeon who repaired Vonn’s right knee in February, evaluated her injury and possibly ordered an MRI. Lewis Kay, Vonn’s public relations manager, would not confirm to the Denver Post that she had hurt the same knee.
But Maris Van Slyke, a high school skier from Lake Placid, New York, saw Vonn in the sled and believes the Olympian was favoring her right knee.
“As we got to the Speed Center, we saw her come down in a sled,” Van Slyke said via email. “At first we couldn’t tell if it was her, but then she got up and her coaches helped her inside. She wasn’t putting any weight on her right leg, the one with the brace.”
— Maris Van Slyke (@Maris_Claire) November 19, 2013
U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly told Outside this morning that no new information has been released on Vonn’s condition.
Vonn is expected to compete at a World Cup competition at Beaver Creek next week. She currently has a U.S. record 59 World Cup victories and only need three more to tie the all-time record.
Follow Outside for more information as this story develops.