Yesterday, Lindsey Vonn crashed in Super-G, was taken off the hill by sled, suffered a hairline bone fracture in her left knee, and had her knee drained a few times by doctors.
‘‘I’ve made scans, I know I have a fracture in my tibia plateau. ‘There is a lot of blood in it. It’s a balloon. I hope with a few days rest and therapy, it will be OK.’’ – Lindsey Vonn, yesterday
Today, she pulled in the fasted time in super-G and finished 13th in the combined event in Andorra and extended her overall World Cup lead to 28 points over runner up Lara Gut (Swiss).
‘Yesterday, I thought I wouldn’t be able to ski today. But there was a small chance and I believed in it. With this mindset, a lot is possible. I am a fighter. Many think it’s just drama, but that’s nonsense. I have pain but I can fight. I always give everything.’’ – Lindsey Vonn, today
Lindsey was in 1st place after the Super-G portion of today’s combined event then finished 23rd in Slalom which put her in 13th place for the combined event.
Lindsey wore two knee braces while racing today.
‘‘There were two turns where I felt I was on the limit but I tried to ski a bit rounder to lower pressure on my left knee. On the bottom part I was really fast. It’s incredible. I can only say it all came from the heart.’’
‘‘I first thought I would give it all and risk everything. But when Lara was out, I decided to ski a bit more careful, to make sure I get to the finish. Maybe I was a bit too cautious but I’ve made really important points.’’ – Lindsey Vonn, today
Lara Gut finished 5th in super-G then straddled a gate and didn’t finish her Slalom run which gave Lindsey an opportunity to take a bigger lead over Lara and she did.
After not finishing the super-G race in Andorra yesterday, Lindsey was only leading the overall World Cup standings by 8 points. Today she is leading the overall by 28 points. This boost in points today is huge considering she did it on a fractured knee.
Linsdey is tied for the combined World Cup title with Switzerland’s Lara Gut and Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon with one event remaining.
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 28, 2016
Lindsey Vonn is 31-years-old and went through two full ACL replacement surgeries, a tibial plateau fracture, and an MCL replacement surgery all within a 12 month period in 2013/14 all on her right knee.
Lindsey has won the overall World Cup title 4 times. Lara Gut is yet to win an overall World Cup title.
Lindsey Vonn has won 9 World Cup ski races this season and has already clinched the World Cup downhill title this season.
Lindsey Vonn is the winningest female downhill ski racer in history with 38 World Cup downhill wins.
Lindsey Vonn is the winningest female ski racer in history with 76 World Cup wins. Only Ingemar Stenmark (male) has more World Cup wins with 86 World Cup wins and Lindsey in closing in on him fast.