World Cup alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn suffered another setback on Saturday when she competed at the Alpine World Cup event in Val d’ Isere, France.
Vonn said her injured right knee caused her to miss a gate and veer off course in a downhill at the event.
“Unfortunately I have no (anterior cruciate ligament) and it gave out on me. My knee is loose and it’s not stable and that’s the way it’s going to be from here on out. I just have to get used to it.”
The trouble started back in February when Vonn crashed in the super G at the 2013 World Championship in Schladming, Austria and had to be airlifted off the mountain.
Despite the injuries she suffered in Austria – she broke her right leg and tore her ACL and MCL – Vonn vowed to be ready for the 2014 Winter Olympics:
“I have no doubt I will be ready for Sochi,” she said. “Honestly, in a worst-case scenario, if I trained a week before the Games, I’d be fine.”
Vonn underwent surgery and spent the next few months in physical therapy.
In November, she re-injured her knee in a crash during a training run at Copper Mountain in Colorado.
On Saturday, Vonn said she hadn’t sustained further injuries in Austria.
“I didn’t hurt myself more than I’m already hurt … It was a small compression, and it was fully loaded on the right ski and my knee just completely gave out. I tried to pressure the ski again and it gave out again. I had no chance of making that gate, unfortunately.”
Everything that Vonn does between now and February will be carefully thought out with Sochi in mind:
“As much as time as I can give myself to really get as strong as I can, like I said, one maybe two races before the Olympics. That’s it,” she said. “I’m going to play it safe and race minimal races, so I can get the confidence and the timing and the feeling of racing again. I’m really going to be safe and smart as I can.”
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