Skier Lindsey Vonn suffered a terrible crash during the super-G race at the world championships Tuesday (Feb. 5), having to be airlifted off the course to a nearby hospital, where it was revealed she had a season-ending injury to her right leg that includes torn ligaments and a fractured bone.
But the 28-year-old Olympic gold medalist vows that she’ll be ready for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Vonn says in a statement, “First off, I want to say thank you to the amazing medical staff that
cared for me. I plan on returning to Vail as soon as I can to have the
necessary surgeries. I am also grateful to my fans for the outpouring of
support, which has really helped me stay positive. I can assure you
that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my
country next year in Sochi.”
U.S. team coach Chip White tells NBC, “It was a very, very aggressive crash. It’s an injury that’s not unusual
in ski racing. She was back in the hotel in a couple hours after the
accident, she was in good spirits, starting to plot out her rehab and
her next steps. I’m confident we will see Lindsey Vonn in Sochi next
“If anyone can come back from this in time for the Olympics, it’s Lindsey Vonn,” adds Christin Cooper of NBC Sports.
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi kick off one year from today, Feb. 6.