With the next Winter Olympics only five months away, skier Lindsey Vonn made her return to the slopes last weekend after being sidelined for almost seven months following an injury to her knee.
During practice runs in Chile, Vonn said it was difficult for her to notice which knee had suffered the injury and took that as a good sign that her journey to healing has been successful.
Vonn, who returned to the slopes in Portillo, Chile, took it easy with just two simple practice runs her first day out, getting a little more adventuresome on the second day to include a few more challenging turns.
Vonn has already won the World Cup Championship in skiing a total of four times. With her repaired right knee seeming to hold up well following some initial practice runs, she intends to proceed onto slalom gate training in the days ahead prior to the two-week practice session winding down.
“I’ve crashed a lot in my career, and I’m just getting back up as fast as I can,” Vonn said Sunday. “Unfortunately it’s taken me seven months to get back up this time, but I was really excited to get out there today. … It just feels like the right time, and my body feels ready.”
Experts had predicted that she would not physically be able to return to the sport until sometime in November after sustaining crash injuries to the ligaments in her knee while participating in world championship competition last February in Austria. Her first post-surgical competition will be in Colorado in late November.
Vonn shredded her ACL and MCL ligaments during a bad crash at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, last February. But the reigning Olympic downhill champion is way, way ahead of schedule with the Sochi Olympics only five months away.
Said Vonn: “I can’t tell which knee is injured — that’s a good sign.”
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