One of the major storylines heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics was supposed to be the return of Lindsey Vonn. The famous US skier was attempting to make a comeback following a serious knee injury earlier in the year, but now it appears those hopes have been dashed. Vonn crashed on Tuesday while training for the upcoming games and was flown off the mountain and taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The results of her evaluation are not good.
Vonn is said to have a partially torn ACL in the same right knee that was surgically repaired several months back.
Her camp has since issued a statement that indicates the 29-year old isn’t giving up hope quite yet. The statement says that Vonn will ‘pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment.’
So while she hasn’t officially been ruled out of the 2014 Sochi games, I’m going to highly doubt she’ll be able to compete. Vonn has been out of action for many months already and I just don’t see she can rehab while getting ready to compete in the Olympics at the same time. It would be remarkable if her knee was fully healthy for everyday use in just three months, let alone for use in the Olympics.
This is no doubt sad news for Vonn’s fans, but at least she got as far as she did in her comeback attempt.