Lindsey Vonn suffers partial ACL tear in right knee

Lindsey Vonn suffers partial ACL tear in right knee


Lindsey Vonn suffers partial ACL tear in right knee



Lindsey Vonn’s  publicist said today that the US Ski Team member suffered a partial tear to the ACL in her right knee.

The Olympic skier will rest for a few days and then will “pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment,” said a statement released by Lewis Kay, her publicist.

She tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee and fractured her tibia in a brutal crash in Austria on Feb. 5.

With 78 days until the opening ceremony in Sochi, Vonn will be pushing to get back on skis soon if history is any indication.

Ten days before Vonn was scheduled to compete for the first time since the February crash, she crashed in training at Copper Mountain, Colo., on Tuesday morning. She was evaluated by her doctor, Bill Sterett, in Vail. She also suffered a mild strain in her right knee, minor facial abrasions and a bruised shoulder blade, the statement said.

She had planned to race in a World Cup downhill Nov. 29 at Beaver Creek, near her home in Vail.

Vonn is the defending Olympic champion in the women’s downhill and a bronze medalist in 2010 in the super-G. She is the most successful female ski racer in U.S. history with four World Cup overall titles and 59 World Cup victories.

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