Lindsey Vonn Will Not Race at First World Cup Stop Due to Ankle Injury

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Linsdey Vonn racing in Soelden, Austria this week. photo: her Facbook
Linsdey Vonn racing in Soelden, Austria this week. photo: her facebook

Lindsey Vonn broke her ankle on August 13th, 2015 while training in New Zealand.  That injury is still causing her trouble and is the reason that she will not be competing in the first World Cup Competition in Soeldon, Austria tomorrow.

“Being back on snow the last two days has been incredible. It never ceases to amaze me how much I love my sport! In the few runs I’ve had since returning to snow I have felt strong, confident and been skiing without pain! However, the icy conditions on the race hill coupled with the fact that its only been 10 weeks since I fractured my ankle makes me slightly hesitant, and for that reason I have decided not to race tomorrow. I think that if the snow conditions were different my decision would have been different as well but at this stage in my career I suppose it’s better to err on the side of caution. Now my sights are set on the next race in Aspen and then Lake Louise. I can’t wait!! Xo LV” – Lindsey Vonn via Facbook today

Linsdey Vonn racing in Soelden, Austria this week. photo: her Facbook
Linsdey Vonn racing in Soelden, Austria this week. photo: her facebook

Lindsey is smart to err on the side of caution as she just had two ACL reconstruction surgeries within 12 months – one on Feb. 13th, 2013 (actually ACL, MCL, and Tibial Plateau surgery) and another ACL reconstruction on January 14th 2014.

Lindsey does not want this ankle injury to get worse or become re-injured.

Lindsey's knee after ACL, MCL, tibial plateau surgery in 2013.
Lindsey’s knee after ACL, MCL, tibial plateau surgery in 2013.

Lindsey is currently the winningest female ski racer in history with 67 world cup wins.

The below infographic is interesting as it congratulates Lindsey on coming back so quick.  But, Lindsey likely came back too soon as she ended up fully tearing her surgically repaired ACL in January 2014 and had to get another ACL surgery.

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Take this infographic with a grain of salt. Linsdsey likely came back too early. She ended up completely tearing her new ACL and had to get the surgery all over again…

 


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