Found November 20, 2013 on
We're still 79 days away from the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi. But at least in the world of alpine skiing, the game has officially changed.
The news Wednesday that Lindsey Vonn had reinjured her surgically repaired right knee in a training crash earlier in the week, suffering a partial tear of her reconstructed ACL along with facial lacerations and contusions all over her body, has significant ramifications for Vonn and the rest of the U.S. women's ski team.
The crash itself was an indication of how far Vonn still had to go in her comeback from the horrific injury she suffered back in February when she tore both the ACL and MCL in her right knee and fractured her tibia while competing in the Super G at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria.
It's mandatory, it's essential that an athlete at that level after an injury to push themselves again hard enough to know where they stand. And that's where we are with her. She was pushing herself hard enough to know where her body stands this week in training. Unfortunately, she didn't get the answer she was looking for just now.
And now, unfortunately for Vonn, there are no easy answers.
She doesn't know what's going to happen now, she doesn't know how long her body is going to take to recover, she doesn't know if the ACL is going to bother her or not.
But that may not be the biggest hurdle.
The mental aspect of this injury has just been elevated. Vonn will now have more of a challenge mentally and emotionally getting over this than physically, because of the crunch and the pressure. Before, she had enough time to let her body do its thing a little bit, but now she's out of time physically and that's when the mental and emotional roller coaster will start. This is the hardest time, when you don't know what's ahead.
On the plus side, I think Lindsey is going to find herself in familiar territory -- competing with a body that's got about 75% to give her. We've seen her win under these conditions before -- she won a gold and a bronze in Vancouver while skiing with an extremely bruised shin that made even putting on a ski boot difficult -- so it's not out of the question. But it has definitely become extremely challenging. The future is extremely uncertain.
This crash and this setback, it's a game-changer for me. It makes it very, very challenging for Lindsey to even qualify for the Olympics, let alone go.
And it's not just a game-changer for Vonn.
Every race that happens, all of her teammates have an opportunity to solidify a spot on the Olympic team -- and there are only four spots per discipline, people. So it's a game-changer for everybody. If I'm her teammate, I'm now going "Ooh, ooh, ooh, I have to get myself qualified now while she's potentially sidelined so that when she comes back, I've got my spot and I don't have to worry about her taking it from me."
As for Lindsey, she needs to just remember that she is the best. Keep telling yourself you are the best and have people around you that are going to tell you that you are the best, because now she'll start to question that. If her body won't work for her and give her what she needs from it, inevitably she'll start to question that and she can't let that happen.
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Lindsey Vonn‘s comeback took a hit Tuesday when she crashed during a downhill training run at Copper Mountain in Colorado. She injured her knee as a result of the spill, according to SkiRacing.com, though it was not specified whether it was the same knee that she injured in February’s world championships. The two-time Olympic medalist was taken down the mountain on a sled and...
Four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn was injured in a training crash at Copper Mountain Tuesday morning, according to Ski Racing magazine's website.
The Olympic downhill champ had just returned to training after rehabbing from surgery to repair two ligaments in her right knee torn in a crash at Schladming, Austria, in February.
Initial, unconfirmed reports Tuesday said...
Lindsey Vonn will skip the World Cup competition next week in Beaver Creek, Colo., as she recovers from a downhill training crash in which she partially tore one of the reconstructed ligaments in her surgically repaired right knee.
Vonn will continue to go through therapy on her knee and is not ruling out competing in Lake Louise, Alberta, the following week, her personal publicist...
Lindsey Vonn was in the middle of a remarkable comeback from a terrible knee injury she suffered nine months ago and looked to be headed for a return for the Winter Olympics in February. But on Tuesday she crashed during a practice run in Copper Mountain, Colorado and as a result she partially tore the surgically-repaired ACL in her right knee. Vonn tore her her ACL and MCL after...
Lindsey Vonn's publicist says the reigning Olympic downhill
champion partially tore a ligament in her surgically repaired right
knee during a training crash less than three months before the
DENVER — Lindsey Vonn, the reigning Olympic downhill champion, crashed Tuesday in Copper Mountain, Colorado. The crash comes while Vonn planned a comeback to racing following major knee surgery. According to U.S. Ski Team spokesperson Tom Kelly, Vonn was taken down the hill by sled as protocol and precaution, but did not know if she […]
Lindsey Vonn suffered another ACL injury yesterday in a training crash. And yes it’s the same right knee, her publicist confirmed to NBC Sports. Lindsey Vonn first blew out the knee in February.
Lindsey Vonn re-injured her ACL on a training slope in Colorado. According to her publicist Lewis Kay, she has a mild knee strain, partially torn ACL, minor facial abrasions and scapular...
Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has crashed while training ahead of her return to racing following major knee surgery.
U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly said Tuesday that Vonn is being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope at Copper Mountain, Colo., on a sled, which is standard procedure.
Kelly said he is not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically...
Four-time Olympic skier Sarah Schleper posted a picture of Lindsey Vonn waiting for a ski lift at Breckenridge on Wednesday. Though it’s hard to tell who else is in the picture, Schleper’s tweet suggested Vonn wasn’t going to top of the mountain alone. [Continue Reading]
This sent the social media world off. Everyone was Tweeting about Tiger hitting the slopes. As an aside...
American skier Lindsey Vonn was reportedly injured while training in Colorado. Vonn crashed while on a run down Copper Mountain.
On verge of return to competition, Lindsey Vonn hurt in training